THE Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT) continued to conduct operations against colorum vehicles and public utility drivers, operators and passengers violating the Department of Transportation’s “7 Commandments” amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a joint forum with the Land Transportation Office (LTO), Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange led by Jayson Salvador and Southern Metro Manila Press Club Inc. led by its president Ariel Fernandez, I-ACT Task Force head Assistant Secretary Ret. BGen. Manuel Gonzales presented the council’s accomplishments and various programs and solutions to the challenges they are facing under the nationwide quarantine.
Gonzales said despite the risk of acquiring the dreaded disease, the I-ACT team continued to conduct inspection on buses and other public utility vehicles to ensure their full compliance with the “7 Commandments” namely: Wear masks and face shields; No talking and making phone calls; No eating; Keep public utility vehicles well-ventilated; Conduct of frequent disinfection; No passengers with COVID-19 symptoms are to be allowed inside the public transportation; and, Observe appropriate physical distancing (one-seat-apart) rule.
Gonzales said the I-ACT enforcement team apprehended bus and jeepney drivers who often violated health and capacity protocols which put passengers at risk of the COVID-19 transmission.
He also warned colorum vehicles to stop their illegal operations to avoid being charged a hefty penalty of up to P200,000, while their vehicle will be impounded in the Magalang Impounding area in the province of Pampanga.
For his part, Bogs Luarca who represents Atty. Clarence Guinto, Director of LTO Law Enforcement Service, said the agency fully supports the ongoing operation of the I-ACT, not only against colorum vehicles, but also vehicle roadworthiness to ensure the safe driving and transport of people.