22 Lippad buses suspended after deadly crash

By Atom Araullo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 08 2012 04:41 PM | Updated as of Nov 09 2012 12:41 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has imposed a 30-day preventive suspension against Lippad Transit after one of its buses got involved in an accident along the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) on Wednesday.

Bus passenger Alejandro Limbo, 46, and bus conductor Omer Garcia, 33, died when the bus collided with a diesel tanker at around 5:15 a.m. Five others were injured.

LTFRB Chairman Jaime Jacob said all 22 units of Lippad are suspended starting Thursday.

The company was instructed to surrender their yellow plates and have their fleet inspected by LTFRB technicians.

Drivers were also required to undergo drug tests and attend seminars within the period of suspension.

"Hindi pa ito yung penalty, it is just a preventive suspension. We will be holding hearing in the next few days to determine what kind of penalty should be imposed on Lippad," said Jacob.

The first hearing has been set on November 13  at 9 a.m.

Meanwhile, Jacob also clarified an LTFRB circular pushing for the "phase-out" of overaged Utility Vehicles (UVs).

Jacob said UVs have an age limit of around 13 years based on existing policy.

Vehicles that are overaged will be allowed to finish their franchise, but will no longer be eligible for renewal.

"Pag lampas na kasi sa age limit ang assumption doon hindi na road worthy yung vehicle. So we just want to ensure the safety of the riding public," Jacob said.