Provincial Bus Operators Association of the Philippines (PBOAP) president Alex Yague said the proposed fine is not commensurate to a "minor offense" like out of line operations.
"We wrote a letter to LTFRB Chairman (Winston) Ginez
, saying it is arbitrary and oppressive," Yague
told reporters after a hearing conducted by the House committee on transportation headed by Catanduanes Rep.
The gravity of the offense should be considered by the LTFRB
, and I'm sure they will study whether the P1-million fine is commensurate to a minor offense like out-of-line operations," Yague
Ginez, in an earlier hearing conducted by the House committee on Metro Manila development disclosed the move to impose higher penalties on illegal buses was a concoction of the LTFRB
and the Land Transportation Office to ease traffic on major thoroughfares in Metro Manila.
Once the memorandum order is approved by the Department of Transportation
and Communications, the fine for apprehended colorum buses will increase from the current P6,000 to P1 million aside from a three-month impoundment for the vehicle.
Ginez also asked the lawmakers to institutionalize the bigger fines and penalties so that they may become more permanent.
, at a meeting with the LTFRB chief Tuesday, asked for "consideration" regarding the million-peso fine.
"We're asking for consideration.
Yung nakamatay nga ng tao P20,000 lang binabayaran (Those with cases of fatal accidents only pay P20,000)," Yague
During the same interview, Yague
said they requested the LTFRB
to "rationalize" franchises first so as to determine which buses are out of line.
The PBOAP official explained that bus routes were more direct in the past because there were lesser roads.
But the construction of new highways brought about new routes wherein buses could be declared out of line, he