MANILA - Commuters on Thursday morning posted photos of the effect of a transport strike mounted by transport groups against steeper fines for "colorum" vehicles.
Public utility jeepneys and UV Express vans were scarce on some major roads in Metro Manila, as well in some parts of Bulacan, Cavite and Rizal.
A lot of netizens complained about the strike, which made them come late to work.
ABS-CBN News reporters also posted photos of commuters stranded in different parts of the metro early in the morning.
The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) offered free rides to stranded commuters as on Thursday transport groups proceeded with their caravan.
Transport groups earlier said some of their members do not intend to ply their respective routes in protest of a joint administrative order by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), Land Transportation Office (LTO), and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), which introduces heftier fines for traffic violations.
Under the order, the penalties for colorum vehicles are pegged at P1 million for buses, P200,000 for trucks, P50,000 for jeepneys, P200,000 for vans, P120,000 for taxis, and P6,000 for tricycles for first offenses.
Meanwhile, UV Express drivers clarified that they are not against steeper fines against "colorum" vehicles, but against the ''no pick-up, no drop-off'' policy which bans them from picking up and dropping off passengers in the middle of their respective routes.