The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has finally put its proverbial pedal to the metal and the last straw perhaps was the recent accident involving a Victory Liner bus falling off a ravine in Benguet.
A pilot program is in the works to test the installation of a global positioning system (GPS) on public utility buses (PUBs) that will constantly send data to the agency so that they can monitor speed and tag buses that go over the limit. A speed monitor will also be displayed in the bus so that passengers can monitor how fast the PUB is going.
“Sobra nang nakakabahala ang sunod-sunod na aksidente sa ating mga pangunahing lansangan na nagdudulot ng kapinsalaan sa publiko dahil sa walang pakundangan at kaskaserong pagmamaneho ng mga bus drivers, kaya naman maglulunsad ang LTFRB ng programa para limitahin ang bilis ng takbo ng mga PUBs,” said LTFRB Chairman Winston Ginez.
The agency still maintains that putting GPS in buses is the most viable option compared to the installation of speed limiters that will prevent buses from overspeeding at any point during their drive.
The current speed limit on expressways is 80 kph and 60kph on EDSA and other areas in the metropolitan.
Gines cites research done by the UP National Center for Transportation Studies (NCTS) in October 2014 as published on “Study on Speed Control of PUBs.”
Data from the study indicates that riding a PUB is 6 times more dangerous than riding private cars, and 5 times more than riding jeepneys and UV express service or shuttles.
“This study validates that there is an urgent need to regulate bus speed to prevent more road accidents from happening on our roads and ensure safety of the riding public,” added Ginez.