MANILA – At least four units of bus firm Nova Auto Transport Inc. on Wednesday failed a surprise inspection of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
LTFRB executive director Roberto Cabrera III said the chassis and engine numbers of three units of Nova Auto Transport did not match their respective registration plate numbers.
Cabrera said this is a ground for the suspension of franchise of the fleet involved. He said due process will be observed though and if found guilty, Nova Transport's fleet will be suspended for six months.
The LTFRB's surprise inspection comes after a G.V. Florida Transport Inc. bus fell off a ravine in Bontoc, Mt. Province and left at least 15 people dead.
Nova Auto Transport manager Carmelo Lagura denied that the units are illegal and claimed they undergo yearly maintenance works.
The bus firm also said the mismatch in the chassis and engine numbers and registration plate numbers is due to errors in etching by the Land Transportation Office.
Cabrera said the LTFRB aims to finish today the inspection of Nova Auto Transport's 66 units in its garage in Camarin, Caloocan, which saw some of the bus firm's employees scrambling to fix defects in the buses such as broken windows and doors.
Cabrera also emphasized that the random checks are done year-round and cover all bus companies. – reports from Johnson Manabat, dzMM; and Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News