LTO warns public vs colorum vans PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 04 February 2012 15:13

Noel M. Noche, head of the Land Transportation Office Zamboanga City District Office, has warned the public against hiring a van which has no franchise to operate as public utility  vehicle issued by the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory  Board (LTFRB).

Noche said that operating a van as public transport without franchise from the LTFRB 9 is illegal.

He said the public should be extra vigilant and cautious against hiring a colorum van, because if it figures in an accident, the passengers are not covered with medical insurance.

Noche reminded the public to always think of their safety and security before hiring a colorum public transport vehicles because it is very risky.

On the other hand, LTO Regional Law Enforcers Chief Olloy Jalaluddin advised operators of colorum vans to apply for franchise with the LTFRB-9 so that their operations will become legal.

Jalaluddin said that once a colorum van is caught by law enforcers, the operator will be slapped with fine — First offense is P 6,000. Fine for second and third offense will go higher.

Most of the colorum vans are looking for passengers at the airport, bus terminal, wharf and hotels in the city posting as public transport vehicle or “special trip”.

Jalaluddin urged the public to report any colorum vans. — Allen Abastillas