THE Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Dagupan City has collected P2-million in penalties paid by owners of 10 colorum vehicles over a 5-month period.
Glorioso Daniel Martinez said it was the result of the campaign since he assumed office as LTO Dagupan chief from May 2018 up to Sept. 4, 2018.
He said a colorum bus of the Solid North was also impounded.
“So hopefully this is another record,” Martinez said, as Dagupan is the lone LTO district office that collected this much penalty in a short time.
He said law enforcers from the LTO Region 1 helped in the confiscation of colorum vehicles mostly vans, and arrest of their drivers.
He added that another P1-million is expected to be collected from the impounded colorum bus.
He clarified that several units impounded during an operation of I-ACT in Dagupan were eventually dismissed since they have proven to be operating legitimately.
“But those that were impounded by LTO law enforcers of Region 1 have been fined P2-million,” Martinez said.
Colorum vehicles are those operating with an illegal franchise or they may have a franchise but operate outside their line, or with an expired franchise or using a private vehicle for hire, he clarified.
Vehicles penalized so far have a franchise for Manila-Cabanatuan City route but were accosted by law enforcers in Sta. Barbara.
He said the campaign is for the protection of passengers since in case of an accident, passengers cannot claim for insurance from a colorum vehicle.
Under the law, impounded vehicles that are not claimed within six months automatically become government properties. (With PhilStar wire service report)
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