Transport groups up in arms against colorum vehicles plying Dagupan

DAGUPAN CITY — The National Center for Commuters Safety and Protection (NCCSP) and various transport groups are up in arms against the growing number of colorum vehicles here, especially with the opening of classes soon.

Public Order and Safety Office chief Carlito Ocampo reported that only last week his office apprehended 50 suspected colorum vans with no official or designated terminals in the city.

POSO facilitated a meeting held Wednesday afternoon at the City Museum and attended by Mayor Belen T/. Fernandez, Councilor Jose Netu Tamayo, chair of the Committee on Laws, Ordinances and Judiciary of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP); Councilor Alvin Coquia, chairman on the the Committee on Transportation and Public Utilities; NCCSP, and various transport groups.

POSO defines a colorum vehicle as a privately-owned motor vehicle which operates as a public utility vehicle without proper authority from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

Ocampo said the apprehended colorum vans just go around the city picking up passengers at any point as they have no terminals.

NCCSP president Elvira Medina deplored the operation of colorum vehicles as they operate with impunity to the detriment of the legitimate operators and the riding public who are sometimes exposed to holdups.

Moreover, passengers of colorum vehicles have unsecured rights in case of accidents. Aside from this, their drivers do not observe proper regulations like driving with expired license, having tampered license plate, out-of-line or wrong route and others, Medina said.

Councilors Tamayo and Coquia vowed to pass an ordinance to protect the commuters against colorum vehicles and to also consider a new route for PUVs to service the new growth areas identified under the city’s newly approved Comprehensive Land Use Plan.

Mayor Fernandez is against the operation of colorum vehicles in the city, a position she has maintained even in the early years of her administration. She vowed to secure the safety of all commuters in the city against colorum vehicles.

There are currently 10 classifications of land transportation services that should apply for franchise at the LTFRB: public utility bus, mini bus, public utility jeep, taxi, UV express, tourist transport, shuttle transport, fill cab, school transport, and truck for hire. LM/