The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) issued a Show Cause Order suspending the operation of 32 units of RoroBus Transport Services over a recent mishap that killed seven people and injured several others.
The transport service firm plies its inbound and outbound routes in Palawan and several other provinces.
In a statement, LTFRB chairman lawyer Winston Ginez said that, “We need to act swiftly on this case to ensure that buses with questionable road worthiness and not duly registered under the law are taken out of our roads to protect the public.”
The bus operator of Roro Transport Services is also ordered to Show Cause in writing within 72 hours from receipt of the order to explain why its Certificates of Public Convenience (CPC) should not be suspended or cancelled for blatant and wilful violation of the terms and conditions of its Certificates at a hearing set on September 4, 2013.
The fatal accident happened at about 3 p.m. on 26 August 2013 when one RoroBus Transport bus (UIC-156), plying the Puerto Princesa City and San Vicente Palawan figured in a collision with a Toyota Innova with plate number ZAF 691 along the national highway in the vicinity of Km. 26, Barangay Sta. Lucia, Puerto Princesa City.
Police reports reveal that the Roro Bus was traversing along South National Highway from Rio Tuba, Palawan en route to Puerto Princesa City while the Toyota Innova was in the opposite direction. The Toyota Innova lost control because of its speed, colliding head-on with the Roro Bus resulting in the death of all its passengers on the spot.
Based on the Land Transportation Office (LTO) record, the Roro Bus was not registered by the operator as For-Hire Public Utility Bus Service, and was not also registered as For Hire or Private Classification vehicle for this year.
Under the LTFRB regulatory powers, Section 16, Par. (n) of the Public Service Act, the Board ordered the suspension of 32 units of Roro Transport Services for not more than 30 days effective upon surrender of the plates of all the units within five days from the service of the suspension order.
“We are issuing suspension order to prevent all buses of Roro Transport Services from operating along our national highways,” Ginez said.