As Filipinos prepare to travel out of town for the long vacation during Holy Week 2017, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is doing its part to make sure that all modes of transportation, including their terminals, can provide the proper amount of comfort and safety for all passengers.
Members of the Board have conducted inspections of provincial buses and its terminals to ‘ascertain the roadworthiness of buses and facilities are well-maintained for the comfort of passengers.’
The LTFRB maintains that all terminals should provide free WiFi to passengers, have a working public address system, clean toilets, comfortable benches, visible signs, ramps and walkways for persons with disabilities, among many others.
“We will be issuing a show cause order for bus operators as well as terminals found to have been violating the regulations of the LTFRB,” said LTFRB board member and spokesperson Aileen Lizada.
Inspections by the Board will continue until after the Holy Week break.
In order to cope with the increase in the number of passengers, the LTFRB has granted special permits to 1,300 to buses travelling to the northern and southern parts of Luzon.
The LTFRB is advising the estimated 232,000 passengers to take public utility buses this Holy Week to not patronize ‘colorum’ units as these have not been inspected and may prove to be unsafe for travel.