LTFRB to start apprehending unconsolidated PUVs today

LTFRB to Apprehend Non-Consolidated Jeepneys

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will begin apprehending jeepneys today that have failed to meet the consolidation requirement. LTFRB Chairman Teofilo Guadiz III stated that the grace period of 15 days since the April 30 deadline has ended, rendering over 10,000 jeepney units nationwide as colorum vehicles.

This includes 1,900 unconsolidated units in Metro Manila alone, which are now considered illegally operating due to expired franchises. Guadiz mentioned that show cause orders have been issued to unconsolidated operators and drivers, and the agency is now prepared to start apprehensions.

Drivers caught in colorum operations could face a one-year license suspension, a P50,000 fine, and a 30-day impounding of their vehicles. The LTFRB also announced that consolidated units must display their documents on windshields for proper identification.

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has deputized traffic enforcers from several cities in Metro Manila to enforce traffic laws. This move is in compliance with a Supreme Court ruling and is unrelated to the crackdown on non-consolidated jeepneys.

Recent road clearing operations in Pasay and Parañaque led to the apprehension of 35 motorists and the towing of 12 vehicles. The MMDA clarified that this enforcement action was due to illegal parking and not related to colorum operations.

The MMDA’s partnership with other government agencies aims to intensify efforts against unauthorized PUVs, with penalties of up to P1 million and criminal charges for violators. The agency emphasized that the deputization of traffic enforcers is a result of the SC decision and not connected to the upcoming crackdown on colorum PUVs.

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