Another homicidal maniac went berserk behind the wheel costing several innocent lives Wednesday morning.
At least four passengers were killed and 30 others injured when a public utility bus (PUB) slammed into the steel post of a marker at the Quezon City-Caloocan boundary on Quirino Ave.
It is clear that many of these PUB drivers are not skilled or simply refuse to drive properly and, therefore, do not deserve to get licenses.
This is the nth time that a PUB got involved in this type of incident, which I wouldn’t call an accident.
According to the survivors, the freak driving the Sapang Palay-bound Valisno Express bus was speeding all the way from Fairview.
“Sinabihan na po siya ng mga pasahero na magdahan-dahan, hindi pa rin nakinig (Passengers told him to go slow but he didn’t listen),” a woman passenger said. Apparently, the driver did not bear in mind the safety of his passengers.
The driver was reportedly showing off to an acquaintance. Upon reaching a curve, he lost control of the bus and hit the steel arch.
The right side of the bus was completely wrecked because of the impact.
I’m not surprised that the bus driver, George Pacis, survived and managed to flee the bloody scene.
Ang hayup, hindi pa siya ang namatay! Needless to say, this incident will not likely be the last tragedy to hit the road scene.
The devastation of the victims’ families and the arrest of the bus driver will not be enough to make bus drivers and motorists in general to change their driving behavior.
Pacis was arrested by Quezon City Police District (QCPD) at his home in Balagtas, Bulacan, nearly 10 hours after he crushed the crowded bus.
Pacis should rot in jail his entire life.
His bus operators must also be charged, especially with the discovery that the company’s Land Transportation Office registration has expired.
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) grounded all the 62 units of the Valisno Express bus company. It also required all Valisno buses to undergo road worthiness inspection.
Valisno drivers will also have to undergo a road safety seminar, drug test and secure a police and NBI clearance.
However, all these measures are not enough to stop road tragedies.
There should be more stringent screening of drivers of public utility vehicles. They should be made to undergo rigorous driving test, as well as psychological examinations.
On the other hand, bus operators should put up a bond in addition to the liability insurance they are required to maintain.
Of course, there should be stricter traffic enforcement against reckless drivers.