Florida bus nixes LTFRB's move to offer routes to other firms

By Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 10 2014 12:46 PM | Updated as of Apr 10 2014 08:46 PM

MANILA – GV Florida Transport is opposing the plan of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to offer its 14 routes to other bus firms.

In a resolution earlier approved by the board, Florida's 13 Manila-Cagayan-Manila routes and one Isabela-Manila-Isabela route will be offered to other bus companies.

The decision was made to ensure that there will be enough trips for passengers going to these destinations, after the LTFRB penalized Florida with a six-month suspension for its 188 units following its involvement in the deadly accident in Bontoc, Mt. Province last February.

The bus firm is questioning the decision, saying other bus firms are not familiar with these routes.

Lawyer Alex Versoza, Florida's legal counsel, said the bus firm will be filing a motion for reconsideration asking for a recall of the resolution granting 6-month special permits for the vacated routes.

The bus firm also filed petition for certiorari with application for preliminary injuction and prayer for temporary restraining order before the Court of Appeals.

The suspension will end on September 11. The board will then decide if the Florida units can resume their operations.

The LTFRB said it has the authority to accept special permits for the unserved routes.

LTFRB chairman Winston Ginez said the board will discuss Florida's plea.