The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board-Western Visayas is warning commuters in Negros Occidental against patronizing colorum vans-for-hire.
LTFRB-6 Director Romulo Bernardes said patronizing them will do more harm than good to passengers during accidents as these unauthorized vehicles usually do not have insurance.
Yesterday, Bernardes led in the seizure of one van-for-hire near a bus terminal at Lopez-Jaena Street in Bacolod City as part of strict implementation of Oplan Anti-Colorum by the LTFRB.
The seized van that was bound for south Negros was impounded for up to three months, while owner Ibarra Yulo Jr. has to pay the P200,000 penalty and process the necessary documents before claiming the vehicle, he said.
He also said commuting on colorum vans-for-hire, also affects the express sports utility vehicles (SUV) that are authorized and have franchise documents.
Last week, LTFRB seized three colorum vehicles near the same bus station. Records show that accidents involving the unauthorized vans-for-hire do not provide passengers claims such as insurance, he said.
If they want to make a living as express SUVs, the processing for a franchise in LTFRB is easy and there are no hidden fees apart from what is indicated in the receipt, he said.
Being an authorized franchisee is better than having one's vehicle impounded and paying the P200,000, he also said.*KBC
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