CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Central Visayas Land Transport Office (LTO-7) issued verbal warnings to 14 public service buses (PUBs) on Thursday, October 27, 2022, a day before the expected influx of passengers for the Kalag -Kalag 2022 party.
The drivers of the PUB were verbally apprehended for not having ensured the technical control and the respect of the safety rules, according to a press release from LTO-7.
“LTO-7 has begun its random inspection of public utility vehicles (PUVs) at major terminals in the region to prevent accidents from occurring during long holidays, such as these,” the agency said, noting that the activity was part of the annual Oplan. Byaheng Ayos of the LTO and its parent agency, the Ministry of Transport.
LTO-7 manager Emmanuel Caindec said common faults they watched for during their random inspection included back-up light, problems with the brake system, broken windshield, worn tires , a defective seat belt, colored lights and the absence of rear and brake lights.
Owners of the 14 buses, he said, have been ordered to have their units repaired before they can resume operations. Five of the arrests took place at Cebu City South Bus Terminal, while the rest are from Cebu City North Bus Terminal.
Thursday’s activity was a joint inspection between LTO-7, the region’s Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB-7) and the Highway Patrol Group.
“We’re not issuing anything to them yet, but rather giving operators and drivers the ability to correct defects during inspection,” Caindec said.
“We want to keep our public safe, especially as others are expected to travel to and from our tourist destinations with our long weekend,” he added.
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