Members of the National School Service Association (NSSA) called on the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to provide them a loan package to enable them to replace old school buses.
In 2013, the LTFRB ordered the phase out 15-year-old school service vehicles by 2014, but it was not implemented because school service operators appealed that they be given another year to purchase new vehicles.
Last week, LTFRB Chairman Winston Ginez said old vehicles will be allowed to operate until March 31, 2016. Ginez said the extension would give operators time to replace their old units and is part of a “comprehensive and intensified campaign against colorum school service units.”
However, NSSA members said it is difficult for small operators to purchase new vehicles.
Celso Dela Paz, NSSA president, said a loan package will allow them to continue doing business. He said in Metro Manila, 1,997 of the 6,264 registered school service vehicles are more than 15 years old.