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I-ACT to start singling out decrepit jeepneys

On January 8, transport agencies will be issuing warnings

Jeepneys that aren't roadworthy should stop loading passengers, period. ILLUSTRATION BY MARCO RIVERA

In October, President Duterte ordered jeepney operators to either modernize their public-utility vehicles or keep them off the road. He sounded extremely serious.

Indeed, he is. Tomorrow, January 8, the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT) will start singling out jeepneys that either look rickety or belch out black smoke. The campaign, called “Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok” (which translates as “no more junk, no more smoke”), is said to be the initial step toward the government’s PUV modernization program.

According to Department of Transportation communications director Goddes Hope Oliveros-Libiran, monitoring activities will take place on EDSA, Commonwealth Avenue, Marcos Highway and Quezon Boulevard.

No more junk, no more smoke among jeepneys. It's about time. IMAGE FROM DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Elmer Argaño of I-ACT, through a statement sent by Oliveros-Libiran, says flagged jeepneys will not be impounded but will merely be served a warning. “Tomorrow is basically a warning shot,” he explains. “If we catch them again, then we shall already issue a summons to them, possibly leading to the suspension or the cancellation of their licenses and franchises should their explanation be unsatisfactory.”

I-ACT is made up of government agencies whose duties are related to vehicle traffic. These include the Land Transportation Office, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, and the Highway Patrol Group.

We suppose private citizens can help this campaign by taking photos or videos of jeepneys that are obviously no longer roadworthy.

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist since July 1995. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.