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Bus drivers’ driving hours limited

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board has issued an order requiring bus drivers to drive for only six hours starting today in a bid to avoid over fatigue and ensure the safety of commuters during the Holy Week.

“Driver fatigue is a serious problem resulting in many road mishaps,” the LTFRB said in issuing Memorandum Circular No. 2017-012 to bus operators.

In line with its Road Safety Program, the agency directed all bus operators to have an alternate driver on stand-by for long-haul travels. The alternate drivers shall take over when trips exceed six hours.

The LTFRB added that conductors cannot be alternate drivers.

LTFRB spokesperson Atty. Aileen Lizada told bus passengers to insist on their safety and remind their drivers of the six-hour limit. “Passengers must be aware,” she said.

Regional offices will also be conducting random checks on buses especially those plying long trips, Lizada added.

Operators who fail to comply with the directive will penalized with fines of P5,000 for the first offense; P10,000 and suspension of franchise for 30 days for the second offense; and suspension of 60 days for the third offense. (Vanne Elaine P. Terrazola)