DCOTT: Bus stops meant for city buses, not provincial buses

Photo from DCOTT
Photo from DCOTT

AS the city continues its implementation of the “no pick-up” policy outside the terminal, an official of the Davao Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) said the bus stops found around the city are meant for city buses and not for provincial buses.

“Kay gibasa nako ang City Ordinance 110, nag-ingon man gyud nga didto ra gyud sa terminal to terminal lang (I have reviewed our City Ordinance 110 and it was clearly stated that bus operators are only allowed to pick-up passengers at the terminal only),” Aisa Usop, DCOTT manager, said during the AFP-PNP Press Conference on December 28, 2022 at the Royal Mandaya Hotel.

She said the City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) also clarified and confirmed that the bus stops in the city were indeed intended for the city buses only.

“Ang gihimo nato na board resolution (We have drafted a board resolution) is to implement what is stipulated under our Ordinance 110, that the DCOTT terminal is intended for loading and unloading of passengers,” she said.

She added that there is also a mandate based on the memorandum from the joint administrative order of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTRC) that prohibits bus operators from picking-up passengers outside the terminal.

“Naa diri sa Number 19, nga pick and drop off passengers outside the terminal naay nakabutang nga fine of P5,000 sa first offense, sa second offense is P10,000 and impounding of unit for 30 days (It was stated in number 19 [of the ordinance] that [if the bus operator] picks and drops off passengers outside the terminal, they will be fined P5,000 for the first offense and P10,000 for the second offense and impounding of unit for 30 days),” she said.

She added that the subsequent offenses will be fined P15,000 and the cancellation of the certificate of public convenience where the unit is authorized to operate.

However, Usop said provincial bus operators have requested their office for bus stops in the city where they can pick up passengers.

“In fact, identified na tong mga areas (we already identified these areas), in between sa Gaisano Mall of Toril, in Panacan, and going to Calinan before the Task Force Davao checkpoint,” she added.

Usop said they will still need to seek legal advice on this concern to ensure that they have followed and proper implementation of the city ordinance.

She added that bus operators will also be informed and tasked to orient their drivers to avoid committing violations with regard to picking up passengers. KSD

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