Road accidents and buses

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014


ROAD accidents happen anywhere, anytime and everywhere. Accidents though can be avoided by making every driver learn defensive driving. This is what I learned many years back before I got into the passion of learning traffic systems and road management.

The road accidents that have occurred in several occasions around the country are not solely to be blamed on the bus operators. As the saying goes, when the cat is away the mouse will play. There are government agencies that are dutifully bound to do their job to safeguard the nation. Are they doing their work or otherwise? That is the question that an insurance salesman asked during a coffee session.

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There are those agencies like the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Land Transportation Office (LTO), Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and all others we could think of that are supposedly responsible in putting things in order in this country. While bus operators have their responsibilities, it is also the duty of these government agencies to oversee these companies.

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An accident involving a Ceres Liner bus lately in Hinigaran town has put an unpleasant image to the bus company. How about the other bus company that was in the mishap? Were the bus in good condition and the driver knowledgeable in defensive driving? That is the question that LTFRB et al should tell the public.

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If government agencies stop Ceres Liner from plying the Negros provinces and even Mindanao, would that be the solution to stopping road accidents in the future? We all believe it is not. Maybe the LTO and the LTFRB should purchase a Driving Simulator when issuing driver’s licenses and conduct a better driving lesson process.

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It is not the hands that drive; it is the mind of the driver that makes him drive well or not. If the mind of a driver is not educated and ready then he should not be licensed to drive. Issuing driver’s license should not be looked at as a business, said a sugar planter. Even those ideas of special car plates are purely a business venture of the top guns of LTO, he added.

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If there are no Ceres buses in the province then there will be economic and employment turmoil. It is only Ceres buses that provide quality comfort for commuters. The buses are clean and always maintained; there are no hold bars that you could hit your forehead; the lights and signals are in order. But how about those other so called Cebro buses and dilapidated town jeepneys in the south that do not care at all about the comforts of passengers? The traffic enforcers of the different towns and cities should also patrol the highways within their limits. But are they qualified? That is something one could laugh about.

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I pray that one day, the LGUs will find valuable our Traffic and Road Watch group that can help them maintain road safety and educate drivers, either public or private.

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This column greets Joseph Sian and Christine Tomas of Robinsons Land; Ceneco directors Cesar Leonardia and Robert Javellana; hoteliers Francis and Cathy Cabuga; Larry Kilayko and Glen Javelosa; Joshua Chua and Jan Lopue; Mark Jimenez and Kathy Que; Architect Chick Garcia; Camille Villanueva of L’Fisher Hotel; Karen Dinsay of the Provincial Government; Mayor Isidro Zayco and Mayor Tinto Bascon; Vic Tan and Dodong Bascon.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 11, 2014.

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