Gov't to Run After 1K Erring PUB Drivers

Gov't to Run After 1K Erring PUB Drivers
More than 1,000 Public Utility Bus drivers will soon be slapped with charges after the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has formally turned over to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) the list of names who have committed numerous of traffic violations since 2006. According MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia, they have around 1,700 names that the LTO will run after, based on their database. "I was alarmed over these erring PUB drivers, so I immediately coordinated with the LTO. We will strictly enforce Republic Act 4136 against errant drivers,” Garcia added. Based on MMDA records, Garcia said that a PUB driver alone has committed 533 violations since 2006. Among the violations committed by the unnamed PUB driver were obstruction, disregarding traffic sign, loading/unloading, yellow lane, and open door.

Under RA 4136, also known as the Land Transportation and Traffic Code of the Philippines, a driver who commits at least three times of same violations during a 12-month period may face automatic suspension of his/her driver’s license for at least one to two years.

"Our aim is to instill discipline among the PUB drivers. Also, this is for the safety of passengers," Garcia stressed. Garcia also warned bus operators against hiring PUB drivers with numerous traffic violations. “Please exercise extra-ordinary diligence in hiring a PUB driver or else we will impound your vehicle,” Garcia said. For his part, LTO Law Enforcement Service Deputy Director Roberto Valera assured the public that they will act as soon as possible and due process will be observed. Police Lt. Col. Emmanuel Tabuena, Chief of PNP-Highway Patrol Group Traffic Enforcement Unit said that they will apprehend the suspended PUB drivers once the list comes out. On the other hand, the MMDA is currently scrutinizing the records of public utility vehicle drivers’ traffic violations from 2018 up to present and will submit it to the LTO for proper action.

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