A party-list group on Wednesday balked at the decision of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to cancel the franchise of the 76-strong Don Mariano Transit bus fleet. The ruling is unfair to the bus firm’s other employees that have nothing to do with the accident, they said.|
The 1-United Transport Koalisyon (1-UTAK) also insisted that canceling the Don Mariano Transit franchise would not address safety issues hounding the public transport sector, which according to the group, is a result of the failure of the concerned government agencies to come up with a clear policy on safety of public transport.
“The LTFRB decision severely prejudices the lives of bus drivers and their families who were not even involved in the accident,” said lawyer Vigor Mendoza, chair of the 1-UTAK.
Mendoza also questioned that authority of the LTFRB to suspend and even cancel the entire fleet considering that the board never made such decision in such cases in the past.