City bus drivers with multiple traffic violations face suspension beginning March 9

Aileen Cerrudo

City bus drivers in Metro Manila with multiple violations will be suspended beginning Monday (March 9), according to the order of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

Starting Monday, the MMDA and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will screen bus drivers through their Bus Management Dispatch System.

The MMDA will have a list of drivers with multiple traffic violations which they will use for monitoring. Once identified, listed drivers will have their license confiscated by the LTO.

MMDA General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia said authorities will strictly monitor the roads to ensure there will be no erring city bus drivers plying the streets.

“Kasi may ibang mga drivers naman na hindi na dumadaaan sa mga dispatching namin. We need to apprehend it kukunin natin lisensya niyan at i-impound natin ang sasakyan, (There are drivers who do not go through our dispatching. We need to apprehend them, confiscate their license, and impound their vehicles),” he said.

The suspension aims to protect passengers from possible accidents caused by reckless drivers. The suspension will also last up to three months.

City bus operators support the implemented suspension saying their companies are saddled with paying damage claims due to traffic violations committed by their drivers.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

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