Heavier penalties loom vs erring PUV drivers

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 25 2017 03:13 PM

MANILA - Transport regulators announced Friday they would soon impose heftier penalties against drivers of public utility vehicles (PUVS) caught violating road rules. 

In a press conference, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said it has written the Land Transportation Office to finalize a draft memorandum. 

Under the new regulations, PUV drivers will have their license suspended for 3 months for the first violation of any LTFRB order, said agency spokesperson Aileen Lizada. 

A second offense, Lizada said, will entail a 6-month suspension of the driver's license, while a third offense may lead to license cancellation. 

LTFRB said among the top complaints against taxi and other PUV drivers are arrogance and refusal to pick up passengers. 

The LTFRB made the guarantee that drivers would undergo due process instead of being penalized solely on the basis of complaints coursed through social media. -- With Zhander Cayabyab, ABS-CBN News