THE Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT) today started cracking down on dilapidated and smoke-belching public utility vehicles (PUVs) plying the streets of Metro Manila with the launch of the “Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok” drive under the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) PUV Modernization Program (PUVMP).
DOTr Undersecretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Tim Orbos said members of the I-ACT have started to flag down and issue tickets to decrepit and smoke-belching PUVs that are plying the streets of the metropolis.
“We give them 24 hours upon the issuance of the violation ticket to surrender their PUVs for evaluation of its road worthiness before they are allowed to resume their operation,” said Undersecretary Orbos, who is also concurrent Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) general manager.
Those PUVs issued with the violation tickets should surrender to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and undergo the motor vehicle inspection. The LTO has two refurbished and fully operating motor vehicle inspection systems (MVIS) lanes its main office in East Avenue, Quezon City and two more MVIS lanes in LTO Pasay City.
MVIS are used in evaluating the road worthiness of PUVs currently undergoing registration process and/or those caught on road due to smoke belching or having broken wipers among other violations.
Earlier today, I-ACT personnel began flagging down and issuing violation tickets to smoke-billowing and decrepit PUVs along Marcos Highway and Dona Carmen along Commonwealth, Quezon City.
As of 2:05 p.m., a total of 123 PUVs were cited for smoke belching violation while 130 were flagged down and issued tickets for defective parts and accessories. Two PUV drivers were also cited for not wearing the prescribed uniform.
Aside from LTO, DOTr, and MMDA, the other members of I-ACT are the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG).