LTFRB launches nationwide Drivers’ Academy

MANILA, Philippines — Drivers who will fail to enroll with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board’s (LTFRB) Drivers Academy may lose or be rejected from their jobs.

This, after the LTFRB and transport operators both agreed to make Drivers’ Academy a requirement to all public utility drivers.

The program aims to teach public utility drivers to review their knowledge on basic traffic regulations being enforced on the road.

On Thursday, around 50 provincial bus drivers attended the first day of the Drivers Academy at the central office of LTFRB.

Topics include basic traffic rules and discipline, anger management, road safety among others.

“We are hoping that this is the solution for us to have safety on the road, we start with those who are behind the wheels, because if they are in good condition they know proper skills, we are assured that public utility vehicles nationwide we are on the same page,” LTFRB Spokesperson Atty. Aileen Lizada said.

After class, drivers were given examination.

LTFRB has set 75% as passing grade for the test.  If they fail, they still have a chance to retake the examination.

Only one class will be held in a day which runs from seven o’clock in the morning until five o’clock in the afternoon.

It will be conducted every Thursday and Friday at all LTFRB’s offices for a period of one year..

Included in the first batch of students of the Drivers Academy are drivers from Partas Bus and Victory Liner.

“We are happy because the LTFRB has this kind of seminar to enhance our knowledge,” bus driver Juanito Mupas said.

“Although we know it already but there are times that we still forget it, through this we will be able to refresh our knowledge and apply it to our work for our own safety as well as our passengers,” said bus driver Ronald Cabalonga. – Joan Nano | UNTV News and Rescue

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