The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has started the inspection of bus terminals around Metro Manila in order to prepare for the surge of travellers during the Holiday season.

Inspection of these public utility provincial bus terminals in Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City; Pasay City, and Sampaloc, Manila began yesterday and will go on until the 24th and will resume on the 28th until the 30th of December 2015.

The Board will be concentrating on buses to see if any are found not to be roadworthy. Units found with violations will be immediately grounded and will incur the proper penalties and fines depending on rules and regulations.

Permits have been approved for a total of 301 provincial buses and in order to cope with the number of passengers, the LTFRB has also allowed an extra 655 buses with the same permit to operate during the Christmas break.

Help desks can be located in bus terminals in EDSA-Cubao, Araneta Center in Quezon City, Pasay City, EDSA Buendia in Makati, and Sampaloc Manila so that the agency may be able to monitor the dispatch of buses, provide assistance to travellers and to receive/act on complaints/suggestions against bus operators and terminals.

“These ocular checks are part of our regular routine inspection of provincial bus companies’ terminals and their fleet to ensure that their units are roadworthy before they ply their authorized routes. We want to provide safe, reliable and convenient travel for the riding public as they celebrate the Christmas holiday. Any bus unit with even the slightest defect will not be allowed to operate and will be penalized accordingly,” said LTFRB chairman Atty. Winston Ginez.

The LTFRB will also have teams checking up on taxi drivers in shopping malls in Quezon City, Makati and Mandaluyong to prevent them from turning down passengers and/or picking between passengers based on their destination.

This action is based on numerous complaints by passengers who have been turned down repeatedly by taxi drivers especially during this Holiday season.

The LTFRB reminds taxi drivers and operators that there are penalties involved for refusing to convey passengers.