Police Regional Office (PRO) 11 (Davao region) Director Chief Supt. Manuel Gaerlan seeks to form an inter-agency team for the crackdown on “colorum” public utility (PUVs), although the police already started the operation following the order of President Rodrigo R. Duterte.
Gaerlan said he will recommend the creation of the inter-agency action team so that it would be a regular activity and could also address road discipline issues.
Gaerlan underscored the importance of the presence of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in addressing the operation of “colorum” PUVs, especially on franchise-related issues.
The team could include the Highway Patrol Group, PRO-11, LTFRB, LTO, and the City Transport and Traffic Management Office.
For the police, Gaerlan said teams have been deployed in the boundary areas like Buda highway in Marilog.
It may be recalled that Duterte ordered a crackdown on “colorum” or illegally operating public transportation in the country following the deadly road accident involving the Dimple Bus Company in Occidental Mindoro.
Duterte asked authorities to arrest drivers and operators who continue to operate public transport without securing registration and permits for their operation.
He expressed his disappointment that the operation of “colorum” PUVs did not stop to the detriment of the riding public. (PNA)