Beng to agencies: Go after colorum vehicles PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 August 2015 11:29

by Vic Larato

Mayor Beng Climaco cited yesterday the need to implement the soonest time possible crackdown on all colorum or unregistered public utility vehicles plying the highways, both in the east and west coasts of Zamboanga City.

Climaco said she had already instructed the city police director Sr. Supt. Angelito Casimiro and City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer Elmeir Apolinario to call a meeting with officials of the Land Transportation & Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) regarding the plan to launch a campaign against colorum passenger vehicles.

The chief executive mulled the anti-colorum crackdown following the prevalence of road accidents involving mostly “unfranchised” vehicles, whose passenger-victims are not covered with insurance.

The latest vehicular accident was reported Sunday when a PUJ overshot the highway and landed on the shorelines in Upper Calarian, leaving 27 passengers injured.

“We need to protect our passengers by ensuring that all public utility vehicles are properly registered, having the franchise and other documents that are necessary for accident insurance of the passengers,” Climaco said.

“Colorum vehicles do not have franchise to operate. No franchise, no insurance for passengers,” she added.

Col. Casimiro told the press briefing that there are more or less 38,000 colorum vehicles operating in the city.

In a related development, Mayor Climaco also cited the need for the Tricycle Adjudication Board (TAB) to convene, review and act on mounting complaints against abusive tricycle drivers in the city. The complaints are mostly on excessive fares.

She said it’s time to revisit the tricycle ordinance and study the possibility of limiting the tricycle routes to the barangays or zoning scheme.— Vic Larato