DOTC eyes IT against ‘colorums’

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Seeking to solve wide-ranging issues caused by the illegal operations of buses and other public utility vehicles, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) are resorting to modern technology, in line with a strong anticolorum campaign.

“The colorum problem has many implications—from simple traffic congestion, to commuter safety, environmental pollution and quality of life. What we’re looking for is an integrated system which makes the best use of progressive technology-based solutions to curb these problem areas,” said Migs Sagcal, spokesperson for DOTC.

In a request for information (RFI) published earlier this week, the DOTC called for proposals from the public regarding “available technology-based solutions” such as radio frequency identification, global positioning system and Smart cards.

The RFI indicated that the primary purpose for the effort are to monitor the movements of both registered and unregistered or unauthorized public utility vehicles, to apprehend illegally operating vehicles real-time, and to maintain a database containing relevant information on traffic violations, among others.

One-on-one meetings to discuss pro­ject concepts will be held at the DOTC offices on May 28 and June 4, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Interested parties may reserve one-hour slots with the DOTC and the LTFRB by contacting the office of the assistant secretary for planning and project development through 725-0013.

Rosalie C. Periabras

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