LTFRB issues suspension order vs. bus firm involved in La Union crash

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Partas Bus failed to immediately give transport authorities the data they requested following a deadly Christmas Day crash involving one of its units.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 27) — Transport authorities issued on Wednesday a 30-day preventive suspension order against a bus company involved in a Christmas Day crash in Agoo, La Union that killed 20.

 

The order covers the franchise of seven Partas Bus units assigned to the company's Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte-Manila route. Partas must immediately surrender the license plates of the units.

The LTFRB on Tuesday told Partas to submit the dashcam memory card and GPS data of the bus that collided with a private jeepney on December 25, leaving 20 dead and 26 injured.

Read: 20 dead, 26 injured in Agoo, La Union crash

Agoo municipal disaster management officer Diosdado Magpili told CNN Philippines on Tuesday that according to first responders, the jeepney driver caused the head-on collision because of an improper overtake.

Read: Agoo disaster official: Responders say jeepney moved to Partas bus's lane

"The initial stories were nag-overtake itong jeepney," he said. "Eh kurbada - curved - 'yung lugar na pinagovertake-an niya taking the lane of Partas. That's an official statement of the responders."

[Translation: The initial stories were that the jeepney was overtaking another vehicle. However, the driver was overtaking in a curve, taking the lane of the Partas bus.]

Lizada had warned the company to submit the requirements by noontime of December 26 or else it would be penalized.

But Lizada said the company turned over the security camera footage only on Tuesday afternoon, and it showed only the bus's interior. 

 

Lizada said on Wednesday that Partas eventually gave the LTFRB the bus's black box, which compiles GPS coordinates, and the memory card of the dashcam.

"However, the recording format of the video footage needs conversion and the IT of the bus manufacturer allegedly was unable to convert the recording," she said. "Unfortunately, the card cannot be read by an ordinary card reader."

Lizada said if Partas or the LTFRB cannot convert the video, Partas must find a way to submit the dashcam footage to authorities.

Lizada also said even after Partas gives the requirements, a hearing will be held to determine whether to lift the order.