DETERMINED to rid the streets of illegal public utility vehicles, Malacañang on Sunday vowed that government would not cease its campaign against business firms or individuals who operate without a valid franchise.
“We will continue to ensure the safety and interest of commuters who ride public vehicles,” said Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr.
The Palace official noted that the recent cancellation of the franchises of bus firms Elena Liner and MGP Liner was only “part and parcel of the campaign” and, at the same time, a way to find justice for the victims of the freak road accident that involved buses of the two companies.
The buses of these companies figured in a fatal road accident on November 14, 2013 that resulted in the death of seven people and wounding of more than 30 passengers. An Elena Liner Bus with plate number TXN 191 rammed into a bus stop along the Edsa-Magallanes southbound lane. The MGP bus with plate NVX-360 that was rear-ended by the Elena bus was operating without a valid permit.
Coloma said that Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and Land Transportation Office (LTO) personnel would make surprise inspections at the respective garage of each transport firm.
“There will be no stop in the ongoing inventory and inspection of the LTFRB and LTO in the various garages of public transport vehicles to make sure that their papers are in order, including the prohibition for colorum or those without valid franchises to travel,” he emphasized.
To further promote safety, Coloma said there is also a move to improve the quality and designs of highways and major thoroughfares around the country.
“The MMDA [Metro Manila Development Authority] is also more strict in apprehending traffic violators by placing more closed circuit television cameras in major thoroughfares in Metro Manila,” the Palace official stressed.