The Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT) revived on Monday its intensified campaign against smoke-belching public utility vehicles (PUVs), following the partial resumption of modes of public transport in Metro Manila.
According to I-ACT, the “Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok” Program was launched to ensure that all PUVs, especially traditional jeepneys, are strictly complying with the health and safety guidelines of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), including the “roadworthiness” standard.
“Ang inisyatibong ito ay naglalayong ipatupad ang Clean Air Act at ang PUV Modernization Program (PUVMP) ng Department of Transportation (DOTr) sa pamamagitan ng pag-alis sa daanan sa mga karag-karag, depektibo, at mausok na mga tradisyunal jeepney, na naglalagay sa mga pasahero sa peligro, at may epekto sa kalusugan na idinudulot nito,” the DOTr said in a statement.
(This initiative aims to enforce the Clean Air Act and the DOTr’s PUVMP by removing old, defective, and smoke-belching jeepneys on the road which put passengers at risk.)
To determine if the unit is roadworthy, PUVs are subjected to an onsite smoke emission testing through an opacimeter, an equipment used to measure exhaust gas opacity.
Aside from smoke testing, the enforcers will also thoroughly check the vehicle to confirm its roadworthiness by inspecting its parts such as tires, headlights, taillights, brakes, among others.
The DOTr added that the program is being implemented to assure that only authorized traditional PUJs with legitimate QR Codes are plying the 49 routes recently opened by the LTFRB.
A total of 6,002 PUJs have been allowed by the transport regulators to resume operations in Metro Manila last Friday, July 3, in addition to other modes of public transport permitted by the DOTr to operate during the general community quarantine (GCQ).
The Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok Program is being enforced by I-ACT officers with personnel from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG), Armed Forces of the Philippines-Joint Task Force (AFP-JTF ), and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
The resumption of mass transit in Metro Manila was implemented by the DOTr in two phases, as advised by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases, which began June 1, after the region transitioned into GCQ.
Trains, bus augmentations, taxis, transport network vehicle services, shuttle services, point-to-point buses, city buses, and bicycles have been allowed in the first phase, while modernized jeeps, UV Express, and traditional PUJs resumed operations on the second phase.