LTFRB cancels all franchises of Dimple Star Bus Company

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Transport regulators have ordered the cancellation of all franchises of a bus company due to multiple reported crashes and accidents. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 5) — Transport regulators have ordered the cancellation of all franchises of a bus company due to multiple reported crashes and accidents.  

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) cancelled 11 franchises comprising the entire fleet of Dimple Star Bus Company. The company is notorious for road crashes that led to multiple deaths in the past seven years. The latest incident was in March 2018 where 19 people died and 21 others were injured when a Dimple Star bus fell off a cliff in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro.  

"We are cancelling the franchise of the entire fleet of Dimple Star because of repetitive recklessness in their transport service. One death is already one too many," LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra said Wednesday. 

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said incidents of deaths due to negligence will not be tolerated.  

"Hindi katanggap-tanggap ang mawalan ng isang buhay dahil lamang sa kapabayaan ng isang PUV. Ang ating prayoridad ay ang kapakanan at kaginhawaan ng ating mga kababayan, at ang hindi sumunod sa alintuntuning ito ay paparusahan natin," Tugade said. 

[Translation: It is not acceptable to lose one life because of the PUV's recklessness. Our priority is the safety and comfort of our people and those who do not follow the rules will be punished.] 

According to LTFRB's records, the company has been involved in eight road crashes from 2011 to 2018, that killed more than 25 people and injured 134 others.  

On the same month of the fatal Occidental Mindoro crash, the LTFRB ordered the preventive suspension of 118 units of the Dimple Star fleet due to non-compliance with safety regulations.  

READ: LTFRB preventively suspends Dimple Star's entire 118-unit fleet 

Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista also shut down the company's terminal in Cubao in March because they lacked the proper business permits.  

READ: QC gov't shuts down Dimple Star terminal in Cubao