MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said all public utility buses nationwide will soon be required to install global positioning system (GPS) devices to help determine the exact location of bus units and set speed limits while on the road.
Bus operators will only be allowed to purchase and install GPS devices from LTFRB-accredited supplier.
“Ang paglalagay ng GPS sa mga pampublikong bus ay isang paraan para madaling malaman kung ang isang bus ay wala sa tamang ruta ng ayon sa kanilang prangkisa,” LTFRB chairman Winston Ginez said.
“The (GPS) system would also enable the board to strictly impose the speed limits on buses and thereby provide a safe travel for our commuters,” added Ginez.
Aside from benefits to the bus driver and the LTFRB, passengers can also monitor the speed of the bus through the display of the GPS device.
The speed limit for Metro Manila buses is set at 60 kilometers per hour while speed limit for provincial buses is at 90 kilometers per hour.
The LTFRB is also looking to develop a mobile application which can be downloaded online to allow passengers to determine what time the bus will arrive a certain location and how long will take to reach their destinations.