Transport group scorns rule vs rosaries, signage on windshields

Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 22 2017 08:48 AM

MANILA - A group of public jeepney drivers and operators criticized on Monday a guideline prohibiting rosaries and sign boards on the windshields of vehicles.

"Agree naman ako na dapat walang obstruction sa line of sight ng driver, tama naman iyun. Pero iyung rosaryo at sign board, OA naman iyun," George San Mateo, president of Piston transport group, said in a phone interview with radio DZMM.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) last week ordered the public to remove "defective and unauthorized accessories" from the dashboard and windshield of vehicles as these could obstruct a driver's line of sight and may be "prejudicial to road safety."

The guideline covers accessories like hands-free devices, navigational gadgets, rosaries, sign boards, bobbing head dogs, "beckoning cat" lucky charms, and curtains.

San Mateo however pointed out that sign boards help commuters learn the routes covered by public utility vehicles (PUVs).

"Ang purpose kasi ng signboard malaman ng pasahero ang sasakyan nila. Kasi kahit may panel route, kunyari sabihin mong Pasig-Quiapo, 'pag hindi ka familiar sa Maynila, hindi mo alam kung itong jeep na ito ay papuntang Pasig o papuntang Quiapo," he said.

"Ang gusto ng LTFRB, pahirapan pa ang mga pasahero natin. Napaka-OA."

The LTFRB, he said, should just limit the allowed number of sign boards on PUVS instead of banning signage.