MANILA, Philippines -- The Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board has begun implementing its ?yellow color scheme? for school service vehicles as part of its anti-colorum drive, an official said Wednesday.
LTFRB member Gerardo Pinili said the agency has issued Memorandum Circular Number 2007-011, or the ?mandatory yellow color scheme for school transport service.?
Apart from requiring all school service vans, buses, and mini-buses to be painted in dark yellow, vehicles should also have the school?s name printed in bold, black letters on the side of the vehicle, Pinili said.
The vehicles? windows should also have grills to prevent accidents, as well as a first aid kit, and at least one ?conductor or aid? to ?assist the children,? he added.
All school service vehicles are subject to inspection by the LTFRB and the deadline of inspection will be on May 2009, Pinili said.
The Alliance of School Association of the Philippines (ASAP) President Lee Marco said half of the members? 5,000 vehicles have already complied with the LTFRB?s new scheme.
ASAP currently serves upscale end universities and high schools, including Ateneo de Manila University, Miriam College, and Claret School. Marco said one van can accommodate 14 students, and each student would have to pay P 2,000 per month.
Pinili said that apart from the yellow color scheme, the agency also intensified its anti-colorum drive, together with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), in preparation for the start of classes on June 10.
He said the yellow color of the vehicle would allow officials to easily spot illegal vehicles. Apprehended colorum vehicles would be impounded and fined.
Pinili also advised parents not to avail of the services of a colorum school service, although the costs were cheaper.
?The parents should be reminded not to trust colorum school service vehicles because the minute the colorum vehicle is apprehended, their children will have no way of getting home,? he said.
Pinili also said that the agency would coordinate closely with both the Department of Education (DepEd) and Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) to remind the schools not to avail of the services of colorum school services.
?We will have to coordinate with DepEd and CHEd to make the schools liable in case an accident occurs while students are on board a colorum school service vehicle,? he said.