The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Monday checked on the road-worthiness of school transport services of various schools in Metro Manila in line with their objective of ensuring the safety and convenience of students returning to schools.
The board deployed its Inspection and Enforcement Teams in various schools and inspected and monitored colorum and phased-out units.
Among the schools that were inspected were the Batasan Elementary School and Diliman Preparatory in Quezon City, Marikina High School, Marist School, and OLOPS Marikina, and School of St. Anthony, Mater Carmeli, and Lagro National High School in Novaliches.
“With the opening of the school year, we wanted to make sure that the school bus transport services are following the safety regulations of the Board and that they have valid permit to drop and fetch the students,” LTFRB Chairman Winston Ginez said.
Specifically, the team conducted the inspections to determine the operator’s compliance with the LTFRB’s phase-out order for school services over 15 years old.
The team will continue to monitor and inspect various schoo throughout the week.
Those that will be found violating their permits and not complying with safety rules prescribed by the Board will be penalized and disallowed from continuing with their operations.
Meanwhile, members of the transport group Alliance of Concerned Transport Organizations (ACTO) also on Monday held a protest in front of the LTFRB building in Quezon City demanding the extension of the moratorium on the phase out of old school buses.
However, LTFRB board member Ariel Inton reiterated that no extension will be given.
The transport group said they are still waiting for the Euro 4-compliant machines they ordered from China, but Inton said they never asked operators to order these machines for the modernization of their vehicles.