LTO admits lacking equipment to determine road worthiness of public utility vehicles

admin   •   March 15, 2017   •   4694

The Senate committee has recommended that Land Transportation Office (LTO) change its system of PUV inspection and  issuance of professional drivers licenses.

LTO admitted during the joint Senate hearing on Tuesday that they lack proper equipment to determine the road worthiness of public utility vehicles or PUVs.

LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante said that while the agency’s mandate is to make sure that PUVs are safe to commuters, they cannot fully perform the job, given that they only have nine motor vehicle inspection systems for checking all PUVs in the country.

“Kasama po sa motor vehicle inspection system, ay chinecheck ang kanilang break, iyong kanilang steering (Included in the motor vehicle inspection system are the breaks and steering wheel) and other components of the vehicle that should be properly functioning. At the moment, because of lack of equipment, we rely heavily on the visual and practical evaluation,” Assistant Galvante said.

He also asserted that this is the reason why they approved the renewal of registration of a bus involved in the Tanay tragedy without knowing that its engine was three decades old already.

It should be recalled that a bus accident on February 20 caused the death of 15 people, including students from Bestlink College.

READ: Tanay crash site has history of road mishaps

Some senators also urged LTO to change its system of issuing professional drivers licenses.

“Iyon ang isang dapat paghigpitan, pero pinapayagan po ng batas ay iyong para magkaroon kayo ng professional license eh kailagan po na magkaroon ka ng 6 months as a student driver.  Eh dito po mukhang may kakulangan po tayo kaya iniiba na po natin ang procedure (It should be stricter but the law allows 6 months of student driving before you can get a professional license. It seems we are lacking in that area and that is why we are changing the procedure.),” Galvante added.

“I suggest if you need a law for this let us know, if you can come up with a administrative order, all the better.  Sapagkat ang pagre-renew ng lisensya ngayon dapat higpitan niyo, pag-eksaminin niyo uli. Grabe, hindi lang ang rereckless eh, ang tatanga eh, kaya sigurado babagsak talaga eh.  Sa totoong examination 50% ng drivers babagsak (You should be more strict in renewing licenses, give them another exam. Goodness, they [drivers] are not only reckless, they are also foolish, so they will surely fail the test. In a real examination, 50% of the drivers will fail),” Senator Tito Sotto said.

Senator Grace Poe, who heads the Senate committee on civil service, government reorganization and professional regulation, said that a national transport safety board should be created.

It will be an independent commission that will conduct investigation of transport accidents.

Now, a committee report on the issue will be submitted to the Plenary, indicating which proposed legislation can be passed to address this particular problem of the transportation sector. — Joyce Balancio | UNTV News & Rescue

LTO offices in GCQ areas to resume operations

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 13, 2020

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has announced that their offices in areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) will resume operations beginning Wednesday (May 13).

Once work operations resumes, the LTO encourages clients to follow health and safety protocols being enforced in its offices.

  • WEARING of face masks is MANDATORY;
  • PHYSICAL and SOCIAL DISTANCING shall be observed at all times; and
  • Transactions of persons below 21 years old, those who are 60 years old and above, pregnant women, shall only be allowed after the lifting of the Community Quarantine.

GCQ areas include: Region II, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Region III, Region IV-A (except Laguna), Region VII (except Cebu City), Region IX, Region XI, and Region XIII. AAC

LTO warns public against online fixers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 8, 2020

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has warned the public against paying online fixers for the application and/or renewal of driver’s licenses.

The LTO has received reports of unscrupulous individuals on social media who are offering to facilitate driver’s licenses application or renewal.

They agency has been conducting investigations to identify the said individuals as well as those who availed their services. The LTO is prepared to file appropriate criminal, civil, and administrative charges against them.

“The LTO strongly cautions our clients and the general public that the said services are not authorized, and patently illegal,” the LTO said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the LTO reiterates they temporarily suspended applications for and/or renewal of driver’s licenses, other permits, and registration of motor vehicles due to the enhanced community quarantine.

All expired license, permits, and registration of motor vehicles will remain valid. AAC

DILG to offer shuttle service for health workers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 18, 2020

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said they are eyeing to provide shuttle services for employees working in the health sector amid the enhanced community quarantine.

DILG Usec. Jonathan Malaya said the instruction of DILG Secretary Eduardo Año on the first day of the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon is for local government units (LGUs) to assist their health workers.

Inaayos na po natin ang sistema para magkaroon na po sila ng shuttle service, (we are working on the system for them [health workers] to have shuttle services),” he said.

Amid the mass transportation ban, the government of Quezon City provided free rides for stranded passengers. A rescue van in Caloocan, meanwhile, also offered free rides to stranded passengers along Balintawak area.

Alberto Caranto, a barangay officer in Caloocan City said there was still enough space in their van so there was no reason not to assist stranded passengers.

Nakita namin itong mga tao kawawa naman po ilang oras nang naghihintay, kaya kami isinakay na namin sila, (We saw these people who are waiting for hours so we offered to give them a ride)” he said. — AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

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