• MMDA pushes for safety performance bond among bus drivers, operators

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    THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Sunday pushed for a safety performance bond which could enforce discipline and accountability among bus drivers and operators.

    MMDA Assistant General Manager for operations Emerson Carlos said there are erring bus and even truck drivers who do not put weight on their violations.

    “Citing a case in point, we apprehended drivers who violated the truck ban rule. Some continue to violate the rule and just opt to pay the P500 fine,” Carlos told the agency’s radio program.

    He said posting of bond can make drivers have the sense of responsibility and be more careful in driving.

    MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino proposed the measure to the Land Transportation and Regulatory Board after the tragic bus accident when a passenger bus of Don Mariano Transit Corp. plunged off the Skyway on the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX).

    Tolentino said the bond amount for each bus would be forfeited once the bus is involved in an accident.

    The MMDA chair expressed belief that posting of safety performance bond can make drivers aware and careful not to get involved in accidents.

    He added the safety performance bond can also speed up the process for accident victims who are pressing for financial assistance. RITCHIE A. HORARIO

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