MANILA -- The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), in a move to monitor bus companies, scheduled an inspection of the garage of Unicab Transport in Fairview, Quezon City Thursday morning, but found it empty.
"Allegedly po sinabi ng management ng Unicab ay nagpapa-gas raw," said LTFRB spokesperson Atty. Mary Ann Salada.
Salada said the LTFRB sent the company a notice of inspection on Wednesday afternoon, informing them that they will be inspecting the company's 21 bus units on Thursday.
Given the information, the company should have prepared all its buses and its documents by Wednesday evening.
"Pinuntahan rin ho natin sa motorpool para doon sa mga dokumento eh hinahanap pa rin so surprise talaga," Salada said.
She insisted that they are not after the gas tanks, but the actual motor and chassis of the bus units.
Eight bus units arrived at the garage, but LTFRB said that these are not enough.
Upon inspection of a bus unit, LTFRB found that its tires need to be replaced and did not pass its standards.
The agency will also check if the registration plates match the chassis number of each bus unit.
The company's owner, Alfredo Cabais, Jr., however, insisted that the tires will not pose any threat as 60% of the tire treads are not yet worn out.
He added that they still need to save up for the tires as these may cost as much as P13,00 to P18,000 per tire.
The LTFRB also noticed that the two Unicab Transport garages cannot accommodate all its 21 units, as each garage only has enough space for six buses.
If proven that not all buses can fit in the two terminals, the LTFRB will impose fines on the company.
The company was given until Friday to complete and submit to the LTFRB all required documents such as its zoning clearance, annual income tax reports and employment records and contracts. -- report from Johnson Manabat, dzMM