LTFRB suspends permit of bus firm in Commonwealth accident
MANILA, Philippines – Saying it will “never tolerate reckless behavior,” the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) suspended the franchise of Corimba Express Inc just days after one of its buses figured in a road accident that hurt several people in Quezon City last week.
LTFRB chairman Winston Ginez said on Thursday, April 10, that the Preventive Suspension Order (PSO) covers the 16 units of Corimba Express.
“We are constantly reminding our bus operators and their drivers to drive carefully to avoid road accidents. The Board will never tolerate reckless driving behavior, which is why we are immediately imposing a suspension order and recalling all units of Corimba Express Inc from operating along our national roads," Ginez said in Filipino.
He said the LTFRB will not hesitate to penalize bus companies that deploy reckless drivers.
“We are appealing to bus drivers that if they cannot drive properly, then they should not venture out. This way, our people won’t be at risk. We will not hesitate to recall the entire fleet of any bus company even if just one of their units is involved in a road accident,” Ginez said.
According to a report submitted by the NCRPO-Quezon City Police District, a Corimba Express bus rammed into the rear portion of a passenger jeep along the northbound lane of Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City at 7:45 am on April 4.
The collision caused the passenger jeepney to turn turtle, inflicting multiple injuries to 6 passengers.
The LTFRB, in the exercise of its regulatory powers pursuant to the Public Service Act, imposed a maximum 30-day preventive suspension on the operation of the 16 buses of Corimba Express plying the Baclaran-SM Fairview route, via EDSA Quezon Avenue and vice versa.
The LTFRB also ordered Corimba Express to ground its 16 buses in its garage beginning April 10 for the confiscation of their for hire plates.
Within 30 days, the bus company must bring all its units to the Motor Vehicle Inspection Service (MVIS) of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) for inspection and road worthiness determination before allowed to resume operations.
Corimba Express drivers will also undergo a Road Safety Seminar conducted by the LTFRB or authorized training centers.
The bus firm was given 72 hours to show cause in writing from the receipt of the order why their Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC) should not be suspended, cancelled and/or revoked for violation of the terms and conditions of its franchise.
The bus firm’s representative must also appear at the hearing of the case on April 22 at the LTFRB office.
Commonwealth Avenue has been the site of many accidents. Last month, a Mayamy bus rammed into 8 other vehicles on that road, injuring 11 people. – Rappler.com