After launching a campaign against colorum buses and jeepneys, Secretary Pantaleon Alvarez of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) is setting his sights on colorum ''mega'' taxis.
In a directive to the Land Transportation Office, Alvarez ordered that strict action be taken immediately against colorum vans and "mega" taxis.
"Relative to the worsening traffic situation, you are hereby directed to immediately apprehend and arrest all violators of and enforce Republic Act No, 4136 (Land Transportation and Traffic Code) in Metro Manila," Alvarez directed DOTC Assistant Secretary and LTO director Edgardo Abenina.
RA 4136 directs the LTO to "install and administer a single ticketing system, fix, impose and collect fines and penalties for all kinds of violators of traffic rules and regulations, whether moving or non-moving in nature and confiscate and suspend or revoke driver's licenses in the enforcement of such traffic laws and regulations."
Alvarez issued the directive following numerous complaints against colorum vans and FX vehicles proliferating in Metro Manila and other urban areas.
The complainants said colorum FX taxis contribute greatly to the traffic congestion and pose unfair business competition to legitimate "mega" taxi operators.
"We cannot allow them to operate as public utility vehicles and risk the safety of our commuting public," Alvarez said. "We also have to protect the interests of legitimate public transport operators."
With the advent of the Christmas holiday rush, Alvarez also ordered Abenina to deploy, in coordination with the DoTC Action Center, sufficient LTO personnel to various traffic choke points in Metro Manila to facilitate the flow of vehicular traffic.
In response to Alvarez' director, Abenina yesterday fielded 50 "flying squads" in major thoroughfares in Metro Manila "to put order and apprehend traffic violators."
"We are intensifying our efforts, as per the directive of Secretary Alvarez, to assist our motorists and commuters by providing efficient traffic flow and safe road conditions," Abenina said. …