Beginning today, Monday (January 7, 2018), government forces will be scouring major thoroughfares in the metropolis to monitor and cite Public Utility Vehicles that are not road worthy and those that emit heavy smoke (smoke belchers). The activity will be spearheaded by members of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT).
Initially, teams will be posted along the areas of EDSA, Commonwealth, Marcos Highway and Quezon Blvd. The program is inline with President Duterte’s PUV Modernization Program with the aim of providing cleaner, convenient and much safer rides for the public.
According to the DOTr, no apprehensions will be made on the first day but, “if after a day we catch them again, then we shall already issue summons to them, leading possibly to suspension if not cancellation of their licenses and franchises, if their explanations would be unsatisfactory.”