160 Ceres bus driver test negative for illegal drugs

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A TOTAL of 160 Ceres bus drivers who took a drug test were all cleared based on initial results.

They were among the 500 Ceres bus drivers who were ordered to take the drug test following a spate of road incidents involving Ceres buses.

Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board 7 Director Eduardo Montealto Jr. said the results were sent to a laboratory in Manila for a confirmatory test.

He said drivers of public utility vehicles cannot be hooked on illegal drugs to ensure the safety of the riding public.

He said the drivers also underwent an orientation on road safety, which ended on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020.

Montealto said this was one of the reasons there were fewer buses available these past few days, stranding hundreds of commuters at mall terminals for more than an hour.

In an interview on Saturday, Nov. 7, Montealto said the bus drivers are back on the road.

He said traditional public utility jeepney (TPUJs) are also scheduled to resume operation in Cebu City on Thursday, Nov. 12.

Their return is expected to add to the traffic congestion in the city, he said.

He said TPUJs need to pass a roadworthiness test before they can operate.

Montealto also said once restrictions in other provinces are lifted, the Ceres buses will be pulled out from the city and return to their original routes in the province. (JJL)