It has become a normal sight to see, or in this case not see, public utility vehicles (PUVs) travelling with one headlight or worse none at all in Metro Manila.
A recent incident in Paranaque where a public utility jeep (PUJ) injured four pedestrians while operating without headlamps has prompted the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to take immediate action.
Beginning Monday this week until Wednesday, the Board began inspecting PUVs while in operating and caught 105 units travelling without headlights.
“There were about 150 PUVs who failed to render safe service to passengers, 70 percent of these (105 PUVs) were vehicles travelling with broken headlights or without headlights,” said LTFRB board member Atty. Ariel Inton.
Additional violations of these PUVs include operating sans brake lights.
Violators with fined Php 5,000, which they have to pay the Land Transportation Office (LTO).
The LTFRB has called on local government units (LGUs) to come up with an ordinance strictly implementing the need for vehicles to travel with a functioning set of headlights, tail lights and signal lights.