FOR refusing to use the Southwest Integrated Provincial Terminal in Parañaque City, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has impounded 30 Cavite-bound public utility buses (PUBs).
MMDA Assistant General Manager for Operations Emerson Carlos said the buses were impounded as a result of a series of operations conducted in Baclaran area since January 7.
“These out-of-line buses were intercepted along Roxas Boulevard.
They should not ply beyond the Southwest Integrated Provincial Terminal,” said Carlos.
He said the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) issued special permits to allow PUBs to ply popular routes to the provinces only during the holiday season but their permits expired on January 6.
Apart from impounding their buses, Carlos said offenders would be fined P6,000.
He said buses were brought to MMDA impounding area in Tumana, Marikina City where they will be stored for three months.
Since the terminal opened last year, Cavite and Batangas-bound PUBs were no longer allowed to ply the metropolis’ roadways beyond the terminal located at Uniwide reclamation area.
The MMDA also said that the dispatch of PUBs at the SWIPT is now a little bit faster adding that it can be a model to other provincial terminals to be put up at the outskirts of Metro Manila.
Two other integrated provincial bus terminals will also be constructed near Trinoma Mall for North Luzon-bound buses while for South Luzon-bound buses, a terminal will be built near the South Luzon Expressway.