With more and more Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) drivers testing positive for illegal substances, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has announced that they will make eradicating prohibited drugs from the public transportation sector a priority for this year.

Board member, Atty. Ariel Inton, has also said that LTFRB and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) has made this campaign one of the main programs of both agencies in order to ensure that motorists behind the wheel, whether of a private or public utility vehicle, are sober and not under the influence of drugs and illegal substances.

“It's high time that we declare an all-out war in order to eradicate the use of illegal drugs and other substances by our public utility drivers and their support staff. This time, we are not to single out the drivers, therefore, conductors and mechanics will also be subjected to drug testing,” said Inton.

In order to make the drug testing more unpredictable and more difficult for applicants to prepare for, the LTFRB will conduct it randomly and more frequently.

This campaign, which will be implemented nationwide, will also require operators to not just test drivers for drugs, but also include conductors and mechanics in the testing.

"We intend to kickoff this campaign as soon as possible. A higher degree of diligence is imposed on us which we will imposed on the respective franchise grantees," Inton added.