MMDA wants to suspend PUV drivers with multiple violations

Aileen Cerrudo

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is eyeing suspending public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers who have committed an alarming number of traffic violations.

In a press conference on Monday (March 2), MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said errant drivers “should be banned” because they are putting the safety of their passengers at risk.

“We want the riding public to be out of danger and prohibiting habitual traffic offenders is one step to avoid road accidents,” he said.

Garcia, meanwhile, appealed to operators not to let drivers with multiple violations ply national roads in Metro Manila.

“We encourage PUV operators to exercise their authority and bar their errant drivers from holding the steering wheel,” he added.

The official also reiterated that the MMDA is only an enforcement agency and will have to wait for the guidelines from the Land Transportation Office (LTO) for the apprehension of the PUV drivers with multiple traffic violations.

The MMDA will also go after private vehicles drivers and owners with more than three violations of same traffic offense.—AAC

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