‘Postpone bus suspension’-A A +A
Thursday, December 19, 2013
AN OFFICIAL of the Cebu South Bus Terminal wants the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) 7 to temporarily lift the suspension of the franchise of 10 Ceres bus units, anticipating the high number of passengers over the holidays until Sinulog 2014.
Vicente Dejoras Jr., terminal operations manager, said they are expecting more passengers to leave Cebu City for their hometowns in the south for Christmas and New Year.
Dejoras fears that the suspension of the 10 Ceres buses, operated by Vallacar Transit Corp., would result in passengers scrambling to get seats.
Dejoras said he will meet with LTFRB 7 Director Ahmed Cuizon today to discuss the matter.
Whatever agreement is reached, Dejoras said he will then meet the Civil Security Unit and blue guards for their action plan for the upcoming holidays.
The LTFRB earlier imposed a 30-day suspension on the franchise of the 10 units following Monday’s road accident in Barangay Balhaan, Badian that killed the driver’s wife and his 5-year old daughter and injuring 32 other passengers.
Badian police yesterday filed complaints for reckless driving and driving under the influence of liquor against driver Erwin Gerson following the fatal accident.
The reckless driving was filed before the municipal trial court in Badian while the driving under the influence of liquor was filed before the Regional Trial Court.
Badian Police Chief Henry Orbiso, however, said the victims all opted not to file charges against Gerson after the bus operator shouldered the necessary expenses.
“Our investigators visited all the victims who are in the hospital including the relatives of the two who were killed, but all were firm not to file a case,” Orbiso said.
As for the suspension of the franchise, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) is still waiting for the bus operator to surrender the number plates of the 10 buses. These plates should’ve been surrendered immediately after the operator received the LTFRB order, said LTO 7 Director Arnel Tancinco.
Once the number plates have been turned over, Tancinco said all 10 Ceres buses, including the one that crashed, will be inspected for road worthiness. Aside from the condition of the buses, the LTO documents covering the registration of the vehicles, the franchise issued by LTFRB, and the trainings of drivers on road safety will be checked.
Aside from the mandatory inspection on the 10 units, LTO 7 will also conduct a random inspection on other Ceres buses to determine if these are still roadworthy.
Should the LTFRB not grant Capitol’s request and if the inspection on the 10 buses will show these are not worthy for travel, Dejoras said he will meet with Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III to request if they can use the Suroy-suroy sa Sugbo buses to ferry passengers to the towns.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 19, 2013.