LTFRB suspends MGP Trans bus fleet

January 10, 2014 11:49 pm 

MANILA, Jan.y 10 –The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Friday issued a preventive suspension order on all 18 units of MGP Trans due to a fatal road accident involving one of its units last November resulting in the death of five people and injuries to more than 30 passengers.

LTFRB Chairman Atty. Winston Ginez, in a statement said, that the suspension came after an in-depth investigation conducted by the board following the fatal accident involving an MGP Trans bus with licensed plate numbers NVX-360 and an Elena Liner Bus (TXN-191) in Makati City.

Ginez noted that in-depth investigation of the accident, which happened at around 6:40 a.m. last Nov. 14 along Edsa-Magallanes southbound lane, found the MGP bus was operating without a valid permit.

“Sa isang masusing pag-iimbestiga na isinagawa ng aming tanggapan, napag-alaman namin na ang MGP bus na binangga ng Elena Bus ay phased out na unit na at di na dapat pa pinapasada sa ating mga lansangan (In an in-depth investigation conducted by our office, it was learned that the MGP bus which was hit by the Elena bus was a phased-out unit which was not allowed to ply the streets),” Ginez said.

Ginez said MGP Trans committed a serious violation of its Certificate for Public Conveyance (CPC) permit and is facing cancellation or revocation of its bus franchise.

“Hindi papalagpasin ng Board ang paglabag na ginawa ng MGP Trans na nagresulta ng pagkasawi ng buhay at pagkasugat ng maraming pasahero (The Board just could not ignore the violations of MGP Trans which resulted to the death and injuries of many passengers),” Ginez said.

A public hearing is set this January 21 to provide MGP Trans a legal venue to show cause why its CPCs should not be suspended, cancelled, and revoked for its refusal to comply with the order of LTFRB in so far as phased out units are concerned.

Information gathered by the board also showed that the MGP Trans bus involved in the accident was a phased out model 1991 unit and was last confirmed by the Board in 2012.

Records from the Philippine Accident Managers Inc (PAMI), the management company of one of the accredited insurance groups under the board’s passenger accident program, showed that the unit was last insured in 2012. Its passenger accident liability insurance coverage was not renewed by the bus company in 2013.

“This is a clear violation of our anti-colorum campaign, we will make sure that MGP Trans is meted with the penalty as prescribed by the Board and the government,” Ginez said.

“No one is above the law and we will ensure violators are indicted and penalized,” Ginez said.

The board is sending a team to confiscate all licenses of the 18 units in MGP Trans garage tomorrow. (PNA)

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