LTO 7 issues ‘verbal warning’ to operators of 14 buses for failing roadworthiness test

THE Land Transportation Office in Central Visayas (LTO 7) has issued verbal warnings to operators of 14 public utility buses after it was found that their units were not roadworthy and not compliant with safety standards.

The LTO 7 conducted inspections on all buses operating in Cebu’s terminals on Thursday, October 28, 2022, or a day before the expected influx of passengers for the long weekend leading to All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days in November 1 and 2.

In a statement, LTO 7 Director Victor Emmanuel Caindec said the 14 buses were found to have common defects including reverse lamp, issues with the brake system, worn out tires, broken windshield, defective seatbelt, colored lights, and no tail and brake light, among others.

Caindec said LTO 7 conducted the inspections along with personnel from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board and Highway Patrol Group.

During their inspection at the Cebu South Bus Terminal, at least five of 11 buses failed the inspection.

At the Cebu North Bus Terminal, nine out of 13 buses also failed the inspection.

"We have recorded 14 buses that failed our roadworthiness test and asked them to return to their garage and fix the issues before they operate again," Caindec said.

Caindec said their inspections were in line with the DOTr-LTO Oplan Biyaheng Ayos!: Undas 2022, which will cover from October 27 to November 4, 2022.

"We are not yet issuing them anything but rather giving the operators and drivers the chance to correct the defects during the inspection. We want to secure the safety of our riding public especially since more are expected to travel to and from our tourist destinations with our long weekend," Caindec added. (JKV/PR)