LTFRB, LTO probe vehicle accident in Atimonan, Quezon

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 8, 2019   •   2224

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) are now investigating on the fatal road accident in Atimonan, Quezon on Monday (May 6).

READ: 3 killed, 73 injured in road accident in Atimonan, Quezon

Three were killed while 73 were injured when an AMV Travel and Tour Bus collided with a 10-wheeler truck along Maharlika Highway diversion road.

Based on the initial investigation, “human error” is the cause of the accident.

The LTFRB also discovered that the tour bus was traversing in an authorized route. They will also file a preventive suspension order against the other bus units of AMV Travel and Tours.(with reports from Joan Nano)

MMDA awaits SC decision on fate of provincial bus ban

Maris Federez   •   May 31, 2019

File photo: MMDA personnel accost provincial buses traversing Edsa. (Photo courtesy of MMDA)

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Wednesday that it leaves the fate of the proposed provincial bus ban up to the Supreme Court (SC).

MMDA traffic chief Bong Nebrija said in an interview that “it will depend on the order of the Court if they will tell us to scrap the policy or to hold its implementation.”

He added that they are just waiting for the court order.

Nebrija made the statement after several lawmakers filed separate petitions before the SC to stop the implementation of MMDA Regulation No. 19-002.

The order seeks to ban all provincial buses from plying along Edsa, which one of the petitioners, Albay Representative Joey Salceda, believes as “oppressive and unfair.”

Read: Salceda urges SC to halt provincial bus ban on EDSA

Nebrija further said that while there is still no court order, the MMDA will still push through with its preparations and their plans for the bus terminal closure, which the agency targets to implement in June.

“We’ll wait kung go or no go but we are still preparing, we’re still pushing with the plan. In the absence of a court order, we will push through with it,” he added.

The MMDA official believes that the impending implementation of the provincial bus ban on Edsa remains as one of the best alternatives to decongest Metro Manila roads.

Read: MMDA: Edsa bus ban one of the best options in decongesting Metro Manila

Nebrija, however, said that they still haven’t come up with a timeline from preparations to implementation as they are still yet to receive the policy guidelines from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

The MMDA had implemented a dry run of the bus ban in April but suspended it in less than a month.

Read: Provincial bus ban dry run suspended—MMDA

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3 killed, 73 injured in road accident in Atimonan, Quezon

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 7, 2019

Courtesy: Google Map

A road accident in Atimonan, Quezon on Monday (May 6) has left 73 injured and three dead.

A tour bus collided with a 10-wheeler truck along Maharlika Highway diversion road in Atimonan, Quezon on Monday night.

Initial report said that the tour bus driver was trying to overtake several vehicles when it collided into the approaching truck.

The driver of the truck, 29-year-old Benedict Borja Belencio, and truck helper, 28-year-old Michael Gerona Sy, were both killed inside their vehicle. A bus passenger, 46-years-old Pio Jacob del Monte, died from serious injuries.

The injured passengers were brought to Doña Martha Memorial District Hospital and Nuestra Señora Delos Angeles General Hospital(with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

LTO to release license plates for new vehicles within three days

Maris Federez   •   May 3, 2019

File photo: License plates

The processing of license plate applications for newly registered vehicles should no longer take a month, according to the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

In an interview in the program, Get It Straight with Daniel Razon, LTO Chief, Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante clarified that newly registered vehicles must be issued license plates within three working days.

Galvante said that since July 1, 2016, with the continuous production at the LTO car plate plant, the agency has not encountered any problem in issuing license plates.

For participating dealers dito sa Metro Manila within 3 days naibibigay namin yung plaka. Paglabas nung sasakyan sa dealership may OR, may CR, may plaka (For participating dealers here in Metro Manila, we issue the plates within 3 days. Once the dealer releases the vehicle, it already has the OR (Official Receipt), the CR [Certificate of Registration], and the plate),” he said.

Galvante added that what they are still in the process of addressing is the backlog of applications for car plates from the past administration.

The LTO also urged car-owners to report to his office or directly to him in case they are not immediately issued car plates by their dealer.

In the same interview, Galvante also announced the ongoing drafting of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act, otherwise known as the “Doble Plaka” Law.

This, he said, is so that they will not be running out of time in case the President lifts the suspension of the implementation of the said law.

The LTO targets to have the IRR completed before June ends. (with reports from Joan Nano), mbmf

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