Province seeks dialogue with LTFRB over colorum vehicles and franchise issues

Board Member Winston Argaza has invited the Land Transportation and Franchising Board (LTFRB) and Highway Patrol Group to appear before the provincial board to shed light on the proliferation of colorum public vehicles in the province, particularly Coron where the agency recently launched a crackdown.

In a privilege speech Tuesday, Arzaga noted that colorum vehicles are not only a problem in Coron but also in the mainland, particularly among passenger vans traveling from Puerto Princesa to El Nido and Taytay.

“The problem in Coron is also duplicated here in the mainland,” he said.

Arzaga noted that the main reason for the existence of unregistered public vehicles in many parts of the province is the absence of franchise lines that transport operators can apply. He also urged the national agencies to find “interim solutions” to address the problem.

“Why do you apprehend when there is no (franchise) line? Why don’t just simply talk with the operators so that interim solutions can be attained,” Arzaga said.

Arzaga also asked the provincial board to invite transportation groups and the Provincial Planning and Development Office to shed light on the issue.

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