29 November 2011

PUV Tagging on 12 December 2011

MMDA Vehicle Tagging
It was just announced by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) that they will be implementing the tagging scheme on public utility vehicles (PUVs) starting 12 December 2011.

MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino has announced to the media that they start apprehending PUVs without the color-coded license number on the roof, back and side of the vehicles. Violators will be initially be slapped with a PhP 500.00 fine.

However, on the second infraction, drivers will still shell out PhP 500.00 or the MMDA has the option to recommend the cancellation or suspension of the franchise to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

Although there are several groups who are against this move, most drivers and operators, who were members of transport group ACTO, support the tagging scheme. They even recommend to Chairman Tolentino that a more hi-tech electronic tagging be implemented instead.

"Gusto rin namin yung RFID (radio frequency identification) para kahit mabura ang tag ay may paraan pa rin para malaman kung kolorom o out of line ang sasakyan," a driver said.