LTFRB slaps 15 units of PARTAS bus with 30-day preventive suspension
May 31, 2013 10:07 pm
By Sammy F. Martin
MANILA, May 31 — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Friday slapped a 30-day preventive suspension against 15 buses of Partas Transport Corporation Inc., after one of its units involved in an accident left at least nine passengers injured.
LTFRB chairman Atty. Winston Ginez said that the suspension takes effect upon surrender of the yellow plates.
The order came after investigation showed that the bus driver fell asleep while on the steering wheel and fell on its side along the North Expressway (NLEX).
As per standard operating procedure (SOP), while all units will not be allowed to operate for the subscribed penalty, the one that was involved in the accident had to be impounded.
The accident took place in Barangay Turo, Bocaue, Bulacan on the expressway’s southbound lane, just a kilometer away from the Bocaue Exit around 7:23 a.m.
All the injured passengers were rushed to a nearby hospital by rescuers.
Apart from the suspension order, the LTFRB will also ask the bus firm to have their drivers undergo seminars and mandatory drug test as part of the SOP.
The LTFRB will ALSO inspect all the units to see to it that these are road worthy while asking the operator to submit certificates of registration and the latest official receipts from the Land Transportation Office including the name of respective driver and conductor.
The order further stated that submission of video clippings of road worthiness inspection, road safety seminar and drug testing is needed.
Ginez said in an interview that the board will also ask the Partas management to submit in writing a show cause within 72 hours why its certificate of public conveyance should not be cancelled or revoked.
The LYFRB directed Partas management to appear on June 26 at the LTFRB office to submit all needed documents mentioned and air their side.
Failure on the part of the respondent-operator to appear and bring its drivers, shall be considered as an waiver on its part to be heard, and this case shall be decided on the basis of the records of the board. (PNA)