LTFRB suspends bus firm in fatal EDSA crash

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 09 2014 05:33 PM | Updated as of Jan 10 2014 01:33 AM

MANILA -- The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has ordered a preventive suspension against MGP Trans after one of its units figured in an accident that left five people dead and over 30 others injured last November 14.

The LTFRB ordered the suspension of all 18 units of MGP Trans after it discovered that the bus involved in the accident did not have a valid permit to operate.

An MGP Trans bus (NXV 360) that was rear-ended by an Elena Liner bus (TXN 191) before the latter slammed into a loading bay along the southbound lane of EDSA-Magallanes was a phased out model 1991 unit and was last confirmed by the Board in 2012, it said.

"Sa isang masusing pag-iimbestiga na isinagawa ng aming tanggapan, napag-alaman namin na ang MGP bus na binangga ng Elena Bus ay phased out na unit na at di na dapat pa pinapasada sa ating mga lansangan," said LTFRB chairman Atty. Winston Ginez.

He said the MGP Trans committed a serious violation of its Certificate for Public Conveyance (CPC) permit.

It is now facing cancellation or revocation of its bus franchise, he said.

"Hindi papalagpasin ng Board ang paglabag na ginawa ng MGP Trans na nagresulta ng pagkasawi ng buhay at pagkasugat ng maraming pasahero. Panahon na para gamitan ng 'kamay na bakal' ang mga sumusuway sa regulasyon at alituntunin ng Board para ipakita sa mga PUB operators na seryoso po kami sa pagpapatupad ng aming patakaran," Ginez said.

"This is a clear violation of our anti-colorum campaign, we will make sure that MGP Trans is meted with the penalty as prescribed by the Board and the government," he added.

The LTFRB said it will confiscate the licenses of the 18 MGP Trans units on January 11.

A hearing on the case has been set on January 21.

The LTFRB earlier ordered a 30-day preventive suspension against 21 units of Elena Liner Bus.