1-CARE Party-list Representative Carlos Roman Uybarreta declared support to the Department of Transportation’s (DoTr) crackdown against unroadworthy trucks saying such vehicles must be banned from all roads.
“The DOTr is on the right side of moral justice and the law on this. I commend them for their principled stance,” Uybarreta said.
“We have had too many deaths, serious injuries, and massive damage to properties because of the old and dilapidated cargo trucks,” added the member of the House Committee on Transportation.
As regards the protest threat of trucking companies, Uybarreta said, “there are many trucking companies and some of the state firms have cargo handling operations. These can take the place of the non-compliant.”
“The DoTr and the public cannot be held hostage or threatened by a few who refuse to comply with our public safety laws,” the congressman said.
A group of truckers and brokers on Monday launched a 6-day trucking holiday to protest congestion at the Manila port and the phaseout of 15-year-old trucks. The protesters belonging to the Alliance of Philippine Brokers and Truckers Association refused to drive out their trucks numbering about 100 from the port to press DoTr to scrap the phaseout policy.
The DoTr has replaced the policy in favor of a stringent roadworthiness test of for-hire vehicles. Trucks and other vehicles that fail its Motor Vehicle Inspection System test administered by the Land Transportation Office need to be replaced or retired.