• LTFRB okays GPS brands for buses’ use

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    The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has issued the list of global positioning system (GPS) device brands it had approved for the use of provincial and city buses.

    The move is in line with the LTFRB’s new policy requiring bus operators to install GPS devices on buses in a bid to increase the regulatory board’s capabilities to monitor public utility buses’ (PUB) speed and location.

    “The LTFRB’s main aim is to protect the safety of the riding public by regulating the speed limit of buses traversing our national roads and highways. With the use of the latest and innovative technology, we believe we can modernize our transport system and provide the commuters with reliable, convenient, and safe transportation services,” LTFRB chair Winston Ginez said.

    The seven GPS brands were certified after they passed LTFRB testing. The regulatory board said that M-Rex Tracker, Vectras, ATrack, UniTrack, Tramigo, TStar and MARK fit the specifications the LTFRB had laid out.

    Ginez said that the installation of GPS devices on PUBs is a measure being taken by the government to minimize road risk, as the device can help the LTFRB check if a bus is within the speed limit and on its proper route based on the approved franchise.

    The LTFRB has set a schedule for the implementation of the installation of GPS on buses in the entire Philippines. By 2017 provincial, Metro Manila, inter-regional and intra-regional buses are expected to have GPS installed.

    “Installations will be full blast in 2016 and up to the first quarter of 2017,” Ginez said.
    LTFRB mandates that provincial buses entering Metro Manila have GPS installed by April 30, 2016. Metro Manila buses are expected to have GPS from May 1 to August 2016.

    Inter-regional buses not entering Metro Manila must have the system installed between September 1 to December 31, 2016.

    While intra-regional buses should have their GPS installed from January 1 to April 30, 2017.

    Only the approved devices can be registered with the LTFRB and installed on bus units, which can be done only by the GPS device provider under the supervision of the LTFRB’s personnel.

    Bus operators who fail to install GPS devices will be penalized P5,000 per unit. After the 30-day grace period from the end of the compliance period, an additional penalty of P1,000 per unit per month will be imposed.

    The LTFRB will also penalize operators or drivers found tampering with the devices: P5,000 for the first offense; P10,000 for the second offense; and P15,000 and the suspension of their certificate of public convenience (CPC) for 30 days for the third and subsequent offenses.

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