MMDA to run after errant public bus drivers

Robie de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Tuesday said it will run after public utility bus (PUB) drivers who have committed hundreds of traffic violations since 2006.

MMDA general manager Jojo Garcia said they were able to account for more than 1,700 PUB drivers based on its database.

The list of names of these drivers has already been turned over to the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

Garcia said that based on MMDA records, one bus driver alone has committed 533 violations, including obstruction, disregarding traffic sign, loading/unloading, yellow lane, and open door.

“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,” he told reporters in a briefing Tuesday.

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

The MMDA said the PNP-Highway Patrol Group Traffic Enforcement Unit will apprehend the suspended PUB drivers once the list comes out.

The LTO, for its part, assured the public that due process will be observed in dealing with these traffic law violators.

“Our aim is to instill discipline among the PUB drivers. Also, this is for the safety of passengers,” Garcia said.

He 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,” he said.

The agency said it is currently scrutinizing records of public utility vehicle drivers’ traffic violations from 2018 up to present.

Copies of these records will be submitted to the LTO for proper action.

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