Old and dilapidated school bus service being used to ferry school kids from their homes to school and vice-versa will no longer be allowed by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

After granting school bus service operators a ‘transition period’ of 24 months since the intended implementation in 2014, the Board has decided to stand firm with their decision to fully implement

“We wanted to start phasing out 15-year-old school service vehicles much earlier, but decided to give operators a transition period. They (operators) promised that after a year they will comply. The Board’s decision is final and it won’t change,” said LTFRB Chairman Winston Ginez.

The LTFRB’s memorandum circular (MC) includes a directive for school authorities to no accredit the operation of a school transport service with units that are 15 years or older.

To ensure that the MC will be strictly followed, the LTFRB has started the inspection of school service vehicles in Metro Manila.

Roadworthiness is the Board’s top priority but they’ve also noted minimal issues such as the lack of seat belts, fire extinguishers, heavily tinted windows and rundown tires that should be immediately addressed.

”I urge parents to check before enrolling their children in a school service vehicle, to make sure the operator is a franchise holder,” said LTFRB Board member Ariel Inton said.