Bus rams orange barriers on EDSA; LTFRB to summon driver, operator

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — A public utility bus sideswiped some orange barriers on EDSA on Monday (February 1), throwing segments that almost hit a car plying southbound.

Car passengers Ian Santos and his wife caught the incident on video and uploaded it on YouTube. It quickly went viral.

According to Santos, they were about to reach the Ayala intersection when a bus operated by Joanna Jesh Transport Corp. suddenly veered left, ramming the plastic barriers.

“To make it worse, the bus makes no effort to stop until forced to, a few hundred meters down the road,” Santos said.

No person was reported injured and no vehicle was damaged but the bus driver drew flak from netizens and the video caught the attention of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

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Under investigation

The LTFRB issued a show cause order on Tuesday (February 2), asking Joanna Jesh Transport Corp. to explain in writing within five days why its Certificates of Public Convenience should not be cancelled or suspended.

It also ordered the respondent-operator to appear before the LTFRB during the hearing of its case on February 9.

This move came after the LTFRB said it will summon the driver and operator of the Joanna Jesh bus on Monday.

 

While the LTFRB is still investigating the incident, Santos said he noticed the Joanna Jesh bus and another ordinary bus in their designated lane “racing with each other.”

Should the drivers be found guilty of overspeeding or reckless driving, their licenses could be cancelled and the buses can be suspended.

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Limiting speed of buses

A bill has earlier been filed to mandate the installation of speed limiters for public utility buses.

Senate Bill No. 2999 or the “Road Speed Limiter Act of 2015” was filed on November 3, 2015 and is currently pending before the upper House.

Under the bill, buses traversing EDSA shall be installed with speed limiters programmed at the maximum of 60 kilometers per hour. Without a speed limiter, buses will not be registered by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) or given franchise by the LTFRB.

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