Public Utility Buses (PUBs) will be equipped with a Global Positioning System (GPS) starting September of this year in an effort by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to lessen the amount accidents involving these vehicles and have a way of monitoring their performance on the road.

The board will give different implementation dates for provincial and city PUBs including inter-regional PUBs. Within a specific period, these PUBs must be able to install and register their GPS devices or risk incurring penalties.

Provincial PUBs entering Metro Manila are the first and must get it done starting September 1 until January 31, 2016.

City PUBs must install and register their GPS device from January 1, 2016 to April 30, 2016.

Inter-regional buses not entering Metro Manila are scheduled on April 1, 2016 to July 31, 2016 while intra-regional buses must install and register starting July 1 to October 31, 2016.

If bus operators are unable to install during their prescribed time frame, a fine of Php5,000 will be levied for each bus without a GPS device.

Each month they are unable to comply is a Php1,000 fine.

Tampering with the GPS device carries a Php5,000 fine for the first offense Php10,000 for the second offense and a Php15,000 for the 3rd and subsequent offense including suspension of the franchise for 30 days.

The GPS device that will be used by PUBs must only come from accredited providers of the LTFRB and be installed under the board’s supervision in order to ensure that the device is able to send data from the bus to the server.

Tracking these PUBs to determine their route and speed is the main goal of the LTFRB.

“The board’s main aim is to protect the safety of the riding public by regulating the speed limit of buses traversing our national roads and highways. With the use of latest and innovative technology, we believe we can modernize our transport system and provide the commuters with reliable, convenient and safe transportation services,” said LTFRB chair Winston Ginez.