5 Nova buses spotted in QC amid suspension

By Pinky Webb, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 02 2012 04:52 PM | Updated as of Nov 03 2012 06:33 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Five Nova Auto Transport buses were seen plying Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday, despite a preventive suspension slapped on all its units after figuring in a series of accidents recently.

In mid-October, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) suspended the operations of all Nova Auto Transport buses after two of these figured in accidents.

The suspension took effect on October 17 and will last for 30 days during which the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will test the roadworthiness of the company's fleet of 76 buses.

Its drivers and conductors will also be required to attend driving seminars and undergo drug tests.

The investigations will determine if franchises of all 76 bus units should be cancelled.

Nova Auto Transport was involved in an accident after hitting a CEM Transit bus on East Avenue in Quezon City, leaving 23 people hurt.

A few hours later, a motorcycle rider was killed after a Nova bus hit him on Belfast Avenue, also in Quezon City.

At the end of the 30-day investigation, Jacob earlier said the LTFRB would decide whether or not to penalize Nova Auto Transport.

ABS-CBN News tried calling LTFRB chairman Jaime Jacob and LTO chief Virginia Torres but received no reply, as of posting.