The Land Transportation Office in Bacolod City is reminding freight forwarders to register their vehicles under the name of their companies to avoid being mistaken for colorum transports, LTO Bacolod head Renato Novero, said yesterday.
Novero said they have cited various units of freight forwarders for violation because their certificates of registration do not contain the name of the company, therefore they are labeled as “colorums.”
He said if the vehicle is under a private person’s name, the registration certificate must indicate that the unit is “for hire” and this requires a franchise. A franchise is not necessary, however, if the unit is registered under the name of the company.
Operators of colorum units will be fined P6,000 and an additional P1,500-fine per day from the day of citation until the case is settled and suspension of CR or impoundment of vehicle for three months for the first offense, Novero said.
For the second offense, operators will pay a fine of P6,000 and an additional P2,000 per day until the case is settled and suspension of CR or their impoundment of their vehicle for six months, he said.
For the third offense, they will pay the same fine but an additional of P2,500 per day until the case is settled and they will be forever banned from applying for a franchise, Novero also said.
The drivers, too, will also pay fines for driving a colorum unit, he said.
They are fined P250 and suspension of driver’s license for three months, for the first offense P500 and suspension of license for six months for the second offense, and payment of P750 and one year suspension of driver’s license for the third offense, Novero added. *LTG