The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has joined the Inter-agency Council for Traffic (IACT) operations in Ortigas and Quezon City in a bid to fully eliminate illegal use of ultra-high frequency (UHF) and very high frequency (VHF) hand-held radios being used by some UV Express operators and drivers.
Aside from the anti-colorum and out-of- line operations, the IACT, together with the NTC, verified licenses and permits of UV Express drivers who are using UHF and VHF radios.
The operations yielded 18 pieces of unlicensed hand-held radio and mobile phones which were confiscated by NTC operatives.
According to Department of Transportation Undersecretary and IACT head Tim Orbos, the crackdown on illegal hand-held radio telephones is meant to target colorum vehicles which use those radios to avoid apprehension.
“Some drivers avoid being caught by our law enforcers by using their hand-held radios to alert fellow drivers of ongoing IACT operations,” he said.
According to Republic Act 3846, anyone who uses radio telephone will have to undergo Restricted Land Mobile (RLM) Radio Telephone Operations Seminar before the NTC can issue permit or license to possess.
The NTC also issues permit to purchase and has the call to either approve or deny request depending on the purpose of applicant. It will also recommend brands that are approved by the Commission.
“Anyone who wants to buy or operate a hand-held radio must secure permits from the NTC, first. No permits or license would warrant apprehension and confiscation of units,” NTC Deputy Commissioner Delilah Deles said.
Orbos said the campaign versus unregistered and non-NTC approved hand-held radios will continue as the NTC will now be officially part of IACT.
Meanwhile, the operations netted 12 vehicles which were issued Temporary Operators Permits and two vehicles which were impounded at the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board headquarters for various violations.