250 PUV drivers were pulled-over by agents from the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT) during the first day of its “Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok” (TBTU) and Anti-Colorum Operations around the metropolis. Last Monday, January 8, 2018, the agency began its crack down on dilapidated and smoke-belching public utility vehicles (PUVs) plying the streets of Metro Manila as part of the government’s PUV Modernization Program (PUVMP).
Department of Transportation (DOTr) Undersecretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Tim Orbos disclosed that members of the I-ACT flagged down and issued tickets to drivers of decrepit and smoke-belching PUVs that were seen plying the streets of the metropolis.
“We give them 24 hours upon the issuance of the violation ticket to surrender their PUVs for evaluation of its road worthiness before they are allowed to resume their operation,” Undersecretary Orbos said.
Orbos, who is also the concurrent Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) general manager, said that the PUV drivers issued with the violation tickets should surrender their vehicles to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and undergo the motor vehicle inspection. The LTO has two refurbished and fully operating motor vehicle inspection systems (MVIS) lanes its main office in East Avenue, Quezon City and two more MVIS lanes in LTO Pasay City.
MVIS are used in evaluating the road worthiness of PUVs currently undergoing registration process and/or those caught on road due to smoke belching or having broken wipers among other violations.
During the first day of implementation, Orbos disclosed that a total of 123 PUV drivers were cited for smoke belching violation while 130 were flagged down and issued tickets for defective parts and accessories. Two PUV drivers were also cited for not wearing the prescribed uniform.
Aside from LTO, DOTr, and MMDA, the other members of I-ACT are the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG).
Early this morning, Tuesday, I-ACT members were seen flagging down violators along the EDSA/Heritage area.