MANILA -- The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Sunday started confiscating the license plates of the bus units owned by GV Florida Transport after it was involved in an accident that killed 14 passengers, including comedian Tado Jimenez.
LTFRB chairman Winston Ginez led the confiscation of license plates at the company's bus terminal in Sampaloc, Manila.
GV Florida Transport owns a total of 208 bus units, but only 27 were at the Sampaloc terminal as the other buses were in different provincial terminals.
The LTFRB is also checking if all the other bus units are registered.
The 27 bus units will be brought to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) for a road worthiness test, while the drivers will undergo a drug test and seminar.
Ginez added that they will try to give their decision on the case before the 30-day preventive suspension on the company ends.
The agency is investigating reports that the bus involved in the accident is not registered under the company, as it is owned by Mt. Province Cable Tours.
Atty. Alexander Versoza, GV Florida Transport's legal counsel, admitted that the bus is indeed owned by Norberto Que Sr. of Mt. Province Cable Tours.
He added, however, that GV Florida has already bought it and that the transfer of ownership is still being processed by the LTFRB.
Versoza added that they know that what they did is illegal, but they still have to provide service to passengers, otherwise, they will be charged with abandonment.
GV Florida Transport bought 10 bus units from Mt. Province Cable Tours. The company is also in the process of buying more bus units from Dangwa Tranco and Dagupan Bus.
The company assured the public that they will face all charges that will be filed against them. -- report from Dennis Datu, dzMM