MANILA (Mabuhay) — Alarmed with the rising number of deadly accidents involving buses and trucks, Iloilo Rep. Jerry Trenas on Wednesday urged the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to expedite the implementation of its plan to install speed limiters for buses, trucks and other vehicles that are above 7.5 tons in maximum payload.
Trenas said that while these trucks and buses are essential in ensuring the continuous flow and transportation of people and goods, public safety should remain a paramount concern of the government.
He said that for Metro Manila buses and trucks, the speed limit should be set at 60 kilometers per hour (kph) while provincial buses can have a 90 kph speed limit.
He noted that although the bill he filed seeking to require buses to be equipped with speed limiters is yet to become a law, the LTFRB under Chairman Winston Ginez can go ahead with its implementation because the agency is cloaked with the mandate to implement programs that are designed to promote safety in public transport.
Trenas said that despite repeated public calls for bus and truck operators to impose proper driving discipline and etiquette for their drivers, there seems to be no progress in the campaign to reduce deadly road mishaps.
During the Lenten break, Trenas said that many of the accidents involved buses and trucks operated by reckless drivers. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said that during the Lenten break alone, a total of 16 road accidents that killed 12 people have been recorded.
Just this week, a woman was killed after she was hit by a Victory Liner bus, which eventually fell off a ravine in Olongapo City. About 50 passengers were also injured in the Victory Liner bus mishap.
“These accidents could have been avoided if these buses are responsible enough for the safety of their passengers. It looks to me that there is really no hope for our drivers to be more cautious when behind the wheel, the only way to stop their recklessness is to install these speed limiters,” Trenas said.
Trenas said that the proposal to install speed limiters should be implemented as soon as possible to stop the senseless death and injury of people due to reckless drivers.
According to the Visayan lawmaker, the LTFRB should skip the runaround and start requiring buses to install speed limiters within the year.
“With the speed limiters, we will definitely have better discipline among bus and truck drivers whether they like it or not. This will not only make our streets safer from these speed demons but would also mean extra savings on maintenance for our bus and truck operators.
“Staying safe on the road would also mean longer life span not only for their drivers but also for their buses and trucks,” he said. (MNS)