’Colorum’ vehicles prohibited in Baguio

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BAGUIO CITY: The city council has approved an ordinance prohibiting colorum vehicles from plying the Summer Capital’s roads and giving local policemen power to apprehend them. The council also provides a reward system for persons who can give information that will lead to the identification and apprehension of these vehicles. Prior to the passage of the ordinance, only personnel of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) can apprehend colorum vehicles. Thus, the Baguio City Police Office does not have jurisdiction over the implementation of laws against such vehicles. Colorum is defined in the ordinance as private motor vehicles operating as public utility vehicles but without proper authority from the LTFRB. Vehicles covered by the ordinance include buses, jitneys, taxi, UV Express and school-service and private vehicles. As decreed, colorum vehicles will “not be allowed to traverse, park or use any roads, maintain loading and unloading terminals whether in public or private properties and/or convey passengers within the City of Baguio” with the BCPO as the primary enforcer of the ordinance. Apprehending officers will confiscate the driver’s license of the driver and license plate of a colorum vehicle.

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