What transport officials need to do before Holy Week

by Patrick Quintos, ABS-CBNNews.com

Posted at Apr 04 2014 12:23 AM | Updated as of Apr 04 2014 08:23 AM

MANILA -- In anticipation for the volume of passengers this coming Holy Week, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) conducted a surprise inspection at the Araneta Bus Terminal in Cubao, Quezon City on Wednesday.

LTO officers checked tires, automobile horns, signal lights, brakes, seat belts, and the cleanliness of the buses. Violators were not allowed to go out.

"May mga bus din na natutunugan ang mga ganitong klaseng inspeksyon, so 'yung mga iba nagyu-U-turn sa likod muna. So katulad nitong sa Araneta Bus Terminal, mukhang dumadagsa na po ang mga tao ngayon. Kukulangin tayo sa mga buses na bumibiyahe," said LTO Law Enforcement Director Mohhamad Yusoph Lamping.

On Thursday night "TV Patrol" asked on Facebook and Twitter: "Maliban sa inspeksyon ng LTO, ano pa ang dapat gawin ng mga awtoridad para matiyak ang kaligtasan ng mga biyahero sa Holy Week?"

Majority of the social media users who replied said that aside from inspections, authorities should be stricter with the implementation of traffic laws to avoid accidents.

They also want the authorities to impose heavier penalties on erring drivers, so they will not repeat the same mistakes.

"Make the rules tougher on erring buses and jeepney operators," Sharon de Vera said on Facebook.

"Maglagay ng medical tent, maglagay ng CCTV, maraming kapulisan at higit sa lahat, inspeksyunin yung bus kung maayos para ibiyahe para walang aksidente," Noybert Ortega added.

Here are the other shout-outs of social media users to the authorities as people prepare to travel this coming Holy Week.