LTFRB grounds 3 tour buses over Tacloban road mishap

April 22, 2015 9:10 am 

MANILA, April 21 — Operations of three units of Silverstar Shuttle & Tours Inc. were grounded by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Tuesday after one of its units figured in road accident in Tacloban City early this month.

The accident happened last April 12 along Abucay-Maharlika highway when a Silverstar bus figured in an accident resulting to the death of a motorcycle rider and serious physical injury to the back rider.

Because of this, the board issued a 30-day preventive suspension order to stop the bus company’s operations.

Silverstar’s three units with authorized route of Market Market Tacloban, Leyte via Daet and vice versa have been ordered grounded and directed to surrender their for hire plates to the Legal Division of the board on April 21.

LTFRB has required the bus tour operator to bring their units to the Motor Vehicle Inspection Service (MVIS) of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) for inspection and determination of their road worthiness before they are again allowed to operate.

The board meanwhile required the company to submit a report on their hiring system and supervision of authorized drivers.

Drivers of the units, for their part, will undergo road safety seminar conducted by the board or authorized training centers and submit themselves for drug testing.

The company is given 72 hours upon receipt of the suspension order to show cause in writing 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.

Representative of Silverstar must also appear at the hearing of the case on May 5, 9 a.m. in the board’s main office. Failure to appear will be considered as a waiver on their part to be heard, and the case will be decided on the basis of the records held by the board.

LTFRB Chairman Winston Ginez in a statement said that the board continues to make sure penalties are imposed on public transport vehicles that disregard public safety.

"…The board is suspending the operations of all type of Silverstar Shuttle and Tours Inc. units before a similar incident may occur," Ginez said. (PNA)



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