Congress eyes Int’l Standards Certification for bus operators

admin   •   April 20, 2017   •   2883

FILE PHOTO: Provincial bus terminal

FILE PHOTO: Provincial bus terminal

MANILA — Congress is pushing to legalize mandatory International Standards Certification (ISC) for bus operators and companies to minimize incidents of road mishaps.

The Lower House is pushing for the investigation of the bus crash in Nueva Ecija which left at least 30 passengers dead and over 40 injured.

Quezon City representative Alfred Vargas said it is high time for a law that would regulate the use of old buses for public transportation to lessen the occurrence of road accidents.

Caloocan City representative Edgar Erice is pushing for the passage of the Public Utility Bus Safety Bill.

Under the proposed bill, all bus operators will be required to have International Standards Certification wherein they need to pass the standards of safe and high quality service to the public.

“Lahat ng aspect ng operation ng isang bus company sa maintenance, to passenger safety ay mamomonitor (All aspects of operation of a bus company from maintenance to passengers’ safety will be monitored),” Rep. Edgar Erice said.

Erice believes that by doing so, the roads will be rid of irresponsible bus operators.

“Mawawala lahat ng mga kolorum, mawawala lahat nung mga walang kakayanan na mag-maintain, siguruhin ang safety ng kanilang pasahero (All colorum PUV’s will be gone. Those who have no competence for maintenance, securing the safety of their passengers will be gone),” Erice added.

The Provincial Bus Operators Association is also in favor of the proposal.

“Oo syempre alam mo buhay ng tao ang invovled dito, ang nakakalungkot pa rito ang apektado mahihirap nating mga kababayan (Of course, a person’s life is involved here. What’s even more saddening, the people who are mostly affected are the poor citizens),” PBOA Executive Director Engr. Alejandro Yague Jr. said. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

PUV operators ask LTFRB to remove P5,000 penalty vs drivers for not wearing facemasks while on duty

Maris Federez   •   February 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Metro Manila jeepney operators asked the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to remove the P5,000.00 fine being imposed on public utility vehicles (PUV) drivers for not wearing facemasks while on transport.

Under the LTFRB memorandum circular 2020-05, drivers and operators are required to wear facemasks as part of their safety precaution against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Alliance of Concerned Transport Operators (ACTO) President Efren de Luna said they are always ready to take heed on the said measure, except that they are having difficulty finding available face masks in the market.

“Ang problema ho dun walang mabilhan, pag walang raw hong mask, may bayad ng 5000, may fine na penalty na P5,000,” de Luna said.

He pointed out that even the Department of Health has advised that due to the shortage in the supply of facemasks, priority is given to health workers and patients on its usage.

The LTFRB, on the other hand, said during the hearing at the House Committee on Transportation that it will review the said measure and will take the request into consideration. — (from the report of Vincent Arboleda) /mbmf

Ride options available as LRT Line 2 operations remain suspended

Marje Pelayo   •   October 7, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) has advised commuters of alternative transport vehicles that will be plying the Santolan-Legarda route on Monday (October 7).

This is while LRT Line 2 train service remains suspended due to a fire that severely damaged two rectifier substations on Thursday (October 3).

As of Monday, the LRTA has deployed 10 point-to-point PUVs in designated loading and unloading bays in front of the LRT Santolan station and underneath the Araneta Center Cubao Station in Aurora Boulevard to ferry passengers throughout the duration of train service suspension.

They will be available from 5 AM to 10:30 PM and the fares will be from P12 to P15— a comparable amount to the train fare for a similar route.

The buses will make stops at Anonas and Katipunan stations, according to LRTA, to cater commuters in said areas.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), meanwhile, along with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), will provide free rides to passengers from Santolan to Cubao and back from 7:00AM to 7:00PM daily.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), likewise, has issued special permits to buses to service affected passengers taking Santolan-Cubao route.

These buses include Airfeight Express Bus, Armi Josh Bus, Corimba Bus, Quiapo Bus & Earth Star Express Inc and RRCG Transport.

On Sunday (October 6), LRTA Administrator Reynaldo Berroya appealed for the public’s understanding as they couldn’t resume train operations just yet “due to the complexity of the problem.”

“We cannot compromise the safety of everyone so we need to thoroughly check the integrity and stability of LRT 2 structures and equipment before we resume operations,” Berroya said.  

The LRTA assured that LRT2 operations would resume once all problems have been fixed in the train’s signaling, power and telecommunication systems.

It clarified, however, that only the Cubao to Recto stations would resume operations while Santolan to Anonas route would remain closed for the next nine months.

Duterte signs law requiring child restraint system in vehicles

Robie de Guzman   •   March 13, 2019

Photo credit: Pieter Kuiper on Wikimedia Commons

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law mandating special protection for child passengers in motor vehicles.

Duterte signed the Republic Act 11229 or the Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act on February 22, nearly a month after the enrolled bill was transmitted to Malacañang for his approval. A copy of the law was released by the Palace on Tuesday, March 12.

The law aims to guarantee the safety and welfare of children, aged 12 and below, and requires vehicle drivers to use restraint systems when transporting children.

A child restraint system refers to a device capable of accommodating a child occupant in a sitting or supine position designed to diminish the risk of injury in the event of a collision or of abrupt deceleration of the vehicle by limiting the mobility of the child’s body.

The law states that the restraint system should be appropriate to the child’s age, height and weight, and approved in accordance with safety standards for child restraint system set by the United Nations.

Children are prohibited from sitting at the front seat of the vehicle, unless the child is at least 150 centimeters or 56 inches in height and can properly fit in the regular seat belt in the front seat.

The law also stated that at no instance shall a child being secured in a child restraint system be left unaccompanied by an adult in a motor vehicle.

The measure does not require the use of child restraint system in cases that would put the child in greater danger such as during medical emergencies, when the child transported has a medical or developmental condition.

Violators of the law shall be fined P1,000 for the first offense; P2,000 for the second offense; and P5,000 and suspension of driver’s license for one year for the third and succeeding offense.

Tampering of PS mark or Import Clearance Certificate (ICC) sticker is punishable by a fine of P50,000 but not more than P100,000 for each and every child restraint system product.

The measure also mandates the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to adopt safety measures and issue regulations for the safe and secure transportation of children using public utility vehicles. The Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) should be drafted and finalized six months from the effectivity of the law. – Robie de Guzman


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