LTO-Dagupan collects P2.2M in fines from colorum vans

DAGUPAN CITY — The Land Transportation Office (LTO) here has so far collected PHP2.2 million in fines from apprehended colorum vehicles from May 8 to August 30 this year.

Daniel Martinez, LTO-Dagupan district officer in an interview Friday, said the apprehended vehicles are mostly vans plying the route of Manaoag to Dagupan.

The fine for the apprehended colorum vans is PHP200,000 each, he said.

Martinez added that if the owners of the vehicles will not pay the fine within six months, the said vehicles will become properties of the government and will be subjected to auction.

Aside from the fines collected from the colorum vans, the LTO is also set to collect this month PHP1 million in fines from Solid North Transit Inc. whose bus plying Manila to Dagupan was apprehended in Sta. Barbara town because it was out of its line, he said.

“Ang linya nong bus ay Manila-Cabanatuan, ito ay labas sa linya na nakasaad sa kanyang prangkisa o out of line. Ang mahirap kapag ito na-involve sa vehicular accident, kawawa ang mga pasahero at driver dahil hindi covered ng insurance ang bus (The bus’ route should be Manila-Cabanatuan, hence, it was out of its line (route) based from its franchise. Our concern is that when the bus gets involved in an accident, its passengers and driver will not be covered by the bus’ insurance),” Martinez explained.

He added it will be the first time a bus company will pay PHP1 million in fine for a violation.

“Before, the buses caught due to violation were not redeemed by the bus companies since the fine was higher than the value of the buses (as most of the buses are obsolete),” Martinez said.

The amount collected from violators becomes part of the national funds, he said.

Martinez added these vehicles were apprehended by LTO-Region 1 enforcers. Liwayway Yparraguirre/