Since the start of I-ACT’s Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok” campaign last Monday, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has flagged down about 1,000 public utility vehicles (PUVs).
Even though there are a lot of complaints on how strict the MMDA was, MMDA Undersecretary Tim Orbos defended the campain saying that the drivers’ and the PUVs’ violations were already too obvious.
“Hindi po kami strikto. Simpleng simple lang po yung aming [policy]. Kitang kita naman po eh: mausok, kalbo yung gulong, walang ilaw, lahat naman po yan eh. Basic common sense na nga lang pinag-uusapan diyan eh,” Orbos said in an interview with Radyo Inquirer 990AM.
Orbos also added that they have observed that jeepney drivers doesn’t use their lights for reasons they cannot think of during their night inspections.
On the first day of full implementation last Wednesday alone, more than 200 PUVs were apprehended. Five drivers were also given 24hours to appear before the Land Transportation Office for further inspection on their impounded vehicles.