• Lawmaker says govt needs implement massive re-fleeting program on buses

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    In a bid to eradicate the use of unsafe buses plying on Philippine roads, a veteran lawmaker said that the government should have a massive re-fleeting program while the mass transit system has yet to be placed.

    Rep. Ben Evardone of Eastern Samar province—member of the ruling Liberal Party of  President Benigno Aquino 3rd—said that the government should have a massive re-fleeting or modernization program of both Metro Manila and provincial buses to eliminate “rolling coffins, japayukis (imported reconditioned buses) and colorums” while the mass transit system is not yet in place.

    One way to address the issue, Evardone said, is to provide “fiscal and regulatory incentives” to bus companies that would modernize their units.

    He expressed belief that through such program, all “old, decrepit and unreliable bus units” would be eliminated to ensure the safety of commuters.

    Evardone said that such move would ensure strong economic growth by keeping the members of the working class safe.

    “The DOTC, LTFRB and LTO should go after those bus companies whose units are considered safety hazards.  The members of the working class who are the backbone of economic growth deserve a decent and safe transport facilities,” he explained.

    “Its about time we ban the rolling coffins and japayukis on the road. They were the main culprits of deadly accidents,” the lawmaker claimed. RUBEN MANAHAN 4TH

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