MANILA – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said it will not suspend Nova Auto Transport units earlier declared as "colorum."
Winston Ginez said Nova Auto, which was found to be using buses with mismatching engine numbers and plate numbers, will only be penalized with fines.
Ginez said the Nova Auto management explained that it had to replace broken bus engines with new ones in order to sustain its operations.
He said until changes are made to certain policies, the LTFRB will use the chassis number of a bus in detecting colorum units.
"Nagkasundo kami kung ano ang mga reforms na gagawin dito para hindi namin sila masabi na colorum," Ginez told dzMM.
"As long as ang chassis ay nagko-correspond sa plaka ng saskayan, pwede na naming tanggapin na hindi colorum ito. They (bus operators) consider engine as mere spare parts na kapag nasira, pinapalitan para hindi maantala ang byahe," Ginez told dzMM.
Ginez explained that Nova Auto and other bus operators will be given time to inform the LTFRB and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) regarding bus units with new engines.
"Aming napag-kayarian kahapon na huwag silang magpapalit ng engine hangga't hindi sila nagpa-file ng petition for change engine sa LTO at ipaalam din sa amin, ibig sabihin bigyan kami ng kopya," Ginez said.
The issue on colorum buses surfaced once more after a unit of GV Florida Transport Inc. fell into a ravine in Mt. Province and killed at least 15.
LTFRB said the engine and chassis numbers of the bus were traced to Dagupan Bus Lines, while its registration plate was for a phased out unit of Mt. Province Cable Tours Inc.