LTFRB eyes erring drivers as Holy Week exodus begins

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THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will keep a close eye on drivers who refuse to convey passengers, including the “colorum” ones, as more Filipinos go back to different provinces for their summer vacation or Holy Week sojourn.

The LTFRB will be under heightened alert for 10 days starting today until April 18, 2022.

That is why, according to the LTFRB Executive Director Kristina Cassion, they will keep a tight watch on drivers who choose which passengers to take, and the “colorum” drivers who operate without a valid franchise.

Those who typically choose passengers are the taxi drivers, while buses and UV Express are among what the LTFRB tags as “colorum.”

According to Cassion, these measures are part of the LTFRB’s “Oplan Ligtas Biyahe” during the Lenten season.

Included in the campaign is the monitoring of the road worthiness of public transport vehicles, especially buses who travel to farther destinations.

She said they won’t allow vehicles such as buses if they are not in tip-top condition or failed to follow the agency’s checklist, especially those who may problems on their braking system, dilapidated tires, busted headlights, and those that emit too much smoke.

It is also important that the mind and health of the driver is in good condition to ensure that passengers will reach their destination safe and sound.

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