I-ACT apprehends 244 unroadworthy PUVs

CLEAN AIR CAMPAIGN. HPG officers with flagged down PUVs along Marcos Highway in Barangay Santolan, Pasig City on Wednesday, Jan.10, 2018. (PNA photo)

THE Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT) apprehended 244 public utility vehicles (PUVs) during the first day of the full implementation of the ‘Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok’ campaign against unroadworthy PUVs on Wednesday.

Apprehended were 200 PUVs with defective parts and accessories and 44 smoke-belching vehicles, the council said in a statement Thursday.

The drivers were given 24 hours to get their units undergo roadworthiness check at the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

Failure to pass the roadworthiness test consists of body (appearance), engine, lights, brakes, tires, horn, battery and smoke will result in the suspension of the franchises of PUVs.

I-ACT will be strictly enforcing on road inspection of public transport vehicles as part of the the PUV Modernization Program (PUVMP) of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), DOTr Undersecretary for Roads and Infrastructure Tim Orbos said.

A dry-run of the campaign was conducted on Monday. A total 255 smoke belchers, dilapidated vehicles, and PUV drivers not wearing uniform were apprehended.

The I-ACT is composed of the DOTr, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, LTO and the PNP-Highway Patrol Group. p: wjg