As tragic accidents involving public utility vehicles (PUVs) continue to claim the lives of helpless commuters and passengers, the most recent involving Leomarick Trans bus (AVZ 757) which took the lives of 34 people, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) is revisiting plans for more stringent measures in assessing PUV drivers.

The LTO is reviving talks with the Technical Skills Education and Development Authority (TESDA) regarding an evaluation system for drivers of PUVs in order to ensure that they are equipped with the requisite skills to handle the PUV and its passengers.

Recently, the LTO invited representatives of TESDA in order to tackle the issue and draw up a temporary framework that will assess first-time professional driver’s license applicants and also those seeking license renewal.