LTFRB suspends 18 units of bus firm-A A +A
Friday, January 10, 2014
THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Thursday suspended the bus fleet operation of MGP Transit due to a fatal road accident late last year involving one of its units.
LTFRB chair Winston Ginez said the board suspended all 18 units of the bus firm after finding out that the bus unit, which mowed down five people on Edsa-Magallanes southbound on November 14, was operating without a valid permit.
"Sa isang masusing pag-iimbestiga na isinagawa ng aming tanggapan, napag-alaman naming na ang MGP bus na binangga ng Elena Bus ay phased out na unit na at di na dapat pang ipinapasada sa ating mga lansangan," he said.
Ginez said that the violation committed by MGP Transit can result to cancellation or revocation of its franchise.
"Hindi palalagpasin ng board ang paglabag na ginawa ng MGP Transit na nagresulta sa pagkasawi at pagkasugat ng maraming pasahero," he said.
On November 14, an Elena Liner Bus lost its brakes and crashed into an MGP Transit at the loading bay on Edsa-Magallanes in Makati City. The accident killed five pedestrians and injured 30 others.
Ginez said the MGP Transit failed to comply with the board's order regarding the phasing out of its old units aside from its failure to renew its passenger accident liability insurance coverage in 2013.
"This is a clear violation of our anti-colorum campaign, we will make sure that MGP Transit is meted with the penalty as prescribed by the board and the government," he said.
However, Ginez said the LTFRB will give MGP Transit time to explain why its Certificate for Public Conveyance should not be cancelled or revoked in a public hearing on January 21.
On January 11, the LTFRB will send its personnel to the MGP Transit garage to confiscate the license plates of the 18 bus units.
The Elena Liner earlier meted a preventive suspension to all its buses immediately after the accident. The case against the bus company is still ongoing. (Sunnex)