LTFRB phases out school service vehicles 15 years old and up

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — As classes are about to start, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is busy phasing out school service vehicles 15 years old and up.

An LTFRB memorandum circular (MC) issued last year bans the use of such school service vehicles beginning this school year.

The LTFRB allowed school bus services 15 years and older to operate only until March 31 this year, giving ample time to operators to change vehicles.

LTFRB Chairman Winston Ginez said the operators promised to comply. “The Board's decision is final and it won't change," he added.

Ginez said operators were given a 10-month transition period “to assure the availability of school service for next school year.”

According to Ginez, the MC also directs school authorities not to accredit school transport service units that are more than 15 years old beginning SY 2016-2017.

He said the phase out was long overdue, noting that it was supposed to take place as early as 2014, but the LTFRB delayed its implementation “to give operators a transition period."

Ginez said this move is part of the LTFRB’s efforts to check the road-worthiness of school service vehicles to ensure the safety of students. #

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