(Metro News) Lim orders compulsory drug testing on drivers of buses plying Manila

August 26, 2009 10:50 am 

MANILA, Aug. 26 –Mayor Alfredo S. Lim on Wednesday ordered that compulsory drug testing be done on drivers of buses plying the streets of Manila.

He also gave strict orders that those who refuse to undergo such testing be prohibited from entering and operating in the city, more so if they test positive for drug abuse.

Lim directed his chief of staff, Ric de Guzman, to coordinate with the City Health Department and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) for the immediate joint conduct of the drug testing.

“Henceforth, all bus drivers plying within Manila shall not be allowed entry into the city unless they have undergone and been cleared of the required drug tests," the mayor said.

De Guzman said Lim’s order came in the wake of rising incidents of accidents involving buses.

Inevitably, the mayor said, innocent lives and limbs are lost in the process, all owing to negligence on the part of the drivers.

Mayor Lim expressed particular concern that based on verified reports, some erring drivers were found to be under the influence of drugs to stimulate their minds and senses in order to keep them awake, especially if they ply at nighttime.

"It is for this reason that Mayor Lim has, under his inherent power to protect the interest of the public, initiated compulsory drug tests on all bus drivers plying within the city, as a way of protecting the commuters and pedestrians and ensuring their safety while out on the streets,” De Guzman said.

Lim noted that the recent spate of bus accidents has already become alarming that concrete steps must be taken to ensure the safety both of the commuters and ordinary pedestrians as well. (PNA) scs/JES

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