After setting firm deadlines on the compulsory installation of global positioning system (GPS) devices on public utility buses (PUBs), the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has cut operators plenty of slack and moved the deadlines by as much as four months.
From an April 30, 2016 deadline for Metro Manila PUBs, the Board has reset their compliance period to May 1 until August 30, 2016.
For provincial PUBs entering Metro Manila, the old target date has come and gone – January 31, 2016 – so the Board naturally moved the date back by three months to the new deadline of April 30, 2016.
Inter-regional buses not entering Metro Manila are scheduled to install their GPS devices starting September 1 to December 31.
Intra-regional buses gets the last slot and must install theirs beginning January 1 to April 30, 2017.
These changed may be due to the fact that the LTFRB just released the initial list of GPS device provider last February 10, 2016, and these are:
- New Culture Transport, distributor of M-Rex Tracker
- Vectras, distributor of Vectras
- American Technology Inc., distributor of Atrack
- Unitrack, distributor of Unitrack.
The Board has already notified bus transport associations like the Provincial Bus Operators Association of the Philippines (PBOAP) and Southern Luzon Bus Operators Association (SOLUBOA) about the installation schedule and of the approved list of GPS devices and providers.
Only the GPS supplier can install and register the device on PUBs but under the supervision of LTFRB personnel.
Bus operators who are unable to comply will be fined Php5,000 for each bus without a GPS device.
They also get fined an additional Php1,000 each month for every unit that does not have properly installed GPS units.
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 LTFRB’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 the latest and innovative technology, we believe we can modernize our transport system and provide the commuters with reliable, convenient, and safe transportation services,” LTFRB Chairman Atty. Winston Ginez.