President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered a crackdown on all colorum vehicles nationwide following a bus crash in Mindoro last March 20 which killed 19 persons and injured 21 others. Investigators learned that the said bus owned by Dimple Star Transport not in optimum condition and had rust all over its body and underneath its flooring. The incident also renewed calls for support for the government’s transport modernization program.
Read GMA News report below.
Investigators found rust all over on the bus’ body.
President Duterte visited the crash site.
Meanwhile, every night in Cagayan de Oro City, colorum vehicles, particularly tricabs, bao-bao or Bajaj, unabatedly ply the city’s streets including the National Highway. Not only that, there are several other vehicles being used for public transport without the necessary permits and franchises from concerned government agencies. They continue to operate because authorities are not apprehending them, to the dismay of legitimate operators and drivers.
Last year, the City Government of Cagayan de Oro disclosed plans to regulate the operations of tricabs in the city (see link below). This after Land Transportation Office (LTO) Regional Director Oscar Salcedo urged the city council to enact an ordinance that would regulate the operations of these three-wheeled vehicles which have proliferated in the city. We haven’t heard any update on the ordinance yet.