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Clearing black smoke

IF the number of deadly vehicular accidents continues to increase, blame it partly on the existence of “rolling coffins” in various parts of this Southeast Asian nation of more than 100 million people.

Thus, we commend the Department of Transportation (DoTr), through its Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT), for launching last Monday its nationwide “Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok” project.

The project is aimed at taking dilapidated public utility vehicles (PUVs) off the country’s highways, roads and streets under the Duterte administration’s transport modernization program.

On the first day of the implementation of  the project, more than 200 PUVs were flagged down by I-ACT team members for smoke belching and for having defective parts and accessories.

Led by DoTr Undesecretary Tim Orbos and traffic authorities of Metro Manila local government units (LGUs), the campaign started at 9:30 a.m. on EDSA and three other major thoroughfares.

“We will be strictly enforcing the on-road inspection of public transport vehicles,” said Undersecretary Orbos, a brother of former Executive Secretary Oscar Orbos of vote-rich Pangasinan.
    
All not road-worthy public utility vehicles will be required to undergo the so-called Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS) to ferret out “lahat ng bulok at mausok na sasakyan.”
    
Meanwhile, party-list Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy urged the government to include jeepney drivers as among the beneficiaries of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) subsidy program.
    
Herrera-Dy said concerned government agencies ought to help PUV drivers affected by the implementation of the multi-pronged “Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok” program.
    
Certainly, the authorities deserve the support of the public as they exert efforts to ensure the health and safety of the people, notably drivers, passengers and even pedestrians, by ridding our streets of “rolling coffins.”