Netizens share opinions on current LTFRB regulations

By Fidea Encarnacion,

Posted at Feb 11 2014 12:49 PM | Updated as of Feb 11 2014 08:49 PM

MANILA – Social media users on Tuesday gave varying reactions on the spate of bus accidents in the country.

TV Patrol posted on its social media accounts the question of whether or not the people believe that the regulations being implemented by the government for passenger buses are enough.

Most users replied negatively, saying that the regulations are not enough and even lead to more accidents in the streets.

Thayk Ferols said regulatory bodies should impose stricter measures depending on the franchise or route the vehicles are registered under.

"Not enough. I think regulatory bodies should impose stricter safety measures appropriate in a given franchise. For instance, vehicles plying mountainous areas should have water cooling system installed in brakes to avoid meltdown. Thirty minutes of sustained braking will literally turn your brake drums and pads glow red hot," Ferols said.

Others suggested possible regulations that the government and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) may consider adding.

Luzviminda Bebita said all vehicles should undergo annual road safety and environmental standards checks. She also warned that these checks must be bribe-free.

"Dapat ‘di nadadaan sa bayad. Kagaya sa ibang bansa, kaya wala silang usok na malalanghap at lahat ng vehicle ay di magagamit kung expired na ang MOT ng car nila."

Keempoy Contreras pushed for a law that will ban imported second hand buses.

“Hindi sapat. Magkaroon ng comprehensive laws na nagbabawal sa paggamit ng imported second hand bus. Maintain the 5K kilometer maintenance service. Magkaroon ng special curriculum sa TESDA (3 months schooling) before maisyuhan ng competence certificate at special driving licence ang mga drivers ng bus…”

Over on Twitter, L.J. Zenarosa (@iamlabdyoy) said that there is lack of proper implementation of laws.

One possible cause of these accidents could be the lack of discipline of bus drivers. Carlkriz Piamonte (@itsmecarlkriz) said it is hard to discipline those who don't want to be disciplined.

Hannah Mae (@officialmaennah) said a number of these accidents are not given much attention by offices concerned.