The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) issued Preventive Suspension Order (PSO) halting the operation of 16 units of Corimba Express Inc., after one of its buses figured in a road accident last week resulting in multiple injuries.
According to a report submitted by the NCRPO-Quezon City Police District, the accident happened around 7:45 a.m. on April 4, 2014 when a Corimba Express Inc. bus with plate number TYW-381 rammed the rear left portion of a passenger jeep along Commonwealth Ave, northbound lane in front of the Commission of Human Rights in Barangay San Vicente, Quezon City.
The impact of the collision made the passenger jeepney to overturn causing multiple injuries to six passengers.
LTFRB chairman Atty. Winston Ginez said they are always reminding bus operators and drivers to drive safely
“The Board will never tolerate reckless driving behavior,” Ginez said, adding that they immediately ordered the suspension and recall of all units of Corimba Express “from operating along our national roads.”
The Board, in the exercise of its regulatory powers pursuant to Sec. 5, Par (b) of the E.O. No. 22 and Sec. 16 Par (n) of the Public Service Act is preventively suspending for not more than 30 days effective immediately the operation of Corimba Express Inc.’s 16 units plying the Baclaran-SM Fairview route, via EDSA Quezon Ave and vice versa.
“We will not hesitate to recall the entire fleet of any bus company even if just one of their units is involved in a road accident,” Ginez warned.
Corimba Express Inc. has also been ordered Thursday to have all their 16 buses grounded in their garage located at 173 Gumaok East Quirino Highway, San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan for the confiscation of their for-hire plates.
Within 30 days, the bus company must bring all their units to the Motor Vehicle Inspection Service (MVIS) of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) for inspection and determination of their road worthiness before they are again allowed to operate.
The drivers of the units will likewise undergo Road Safety Seminar conducted by the Board or authorized training centers.
The bus company is given 72 hours to show cause in writing from the receipt of the order why their Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC) should not be suspended, cancelled and/or revoked for violation of the terms and conditions of its franchise. Their representative must also appear at the hearing of the case on 22 April 2014 at the Board’s office. PNA