A big number of public utility vehicles (PUVs) have been apprehended by officials because of the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT)’s ‘TanggalBulok, Tanggal Usok’ campaign to remove vehicles that are not roadworthy And it has ticked off a lot of drivers.
Now, I-ACT is appealing to jeepney operators to drop their plan to have another transport strike against the campaign.
“We welcome transport groups holding strikes about jeepney modernization program but if it is because of our campaign for jeepneys’ roadworthiness, we hope not,” said I-ACT head Tim Orbos.
Orbos added that they have every right to conduct strikes as long as they do not bring inconvenience to the public. He also added that it is part of their responsibility to ensure passengers’ safety by complying with the regulations set by the government for roadworthiness.
“We are not threatened by any strike on the issue of the jeepney’s roadworthiness. We will not retreat, surrender, not given an inch on road safety and road worthiness,” Orbos vowed.
“Makipag-debate na kayo sa amin pagdating sa PUV Modernization, pero yung ROAD WORTHINESS at ROAD SAFETY, that’s NON-NEGOTIABLE.” – Usec. Tim Orbos, DOTr
Since the campaign began last Monday, hundreds of jeepneys have been found to be rundown, have defective spare parts and accessories, and emmititng excessive smoke. Some driver’s licenses were also found already expired. Drivers’ improper outfit were pointed out as well.
Drivers of flagged-down vehicles were given subpoena by I-ACT members and are directed to bring their vehicles to the Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS) before the Land Transportation Office (LTO).
At present, LTO has two refurbished and fully operating motor vehicle inspection systems (MVIS) lanes its main office in East Avenue, Quezon City and additional two more at LTO Pasay CIty.
MVIS are used to evaluate the roadworthiness of PUVs that are currently undergoing registration process or those apprehended for violations.
I-ACT is made up of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Highway Patrol Group (HPG), LTO, and traffic enforcement units of Metro Manila LGUs.