LTFRB cancels franchises of Elena Liner, MGP Trans

Posted at 03/07/2014 12:14 PM | Updated as of 03/07/2014 8:01 PM

MANILA – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has cancelled the franchises of Elena Liner and MGP Trans over a fatal accident in Makati last year.

Last November 14, an Elena Liner bus rear-ended a unit of MGP Trans at a loading bay along Epifanio delos Santos Avenue in Magallanes, Makati where many passengers were waiting for a ride.

Seven died in the accident and 38 others were wounded.

LTFRB chairman Winston Ginez said the cancelled franchise of Elena Liner covers 21 bus units.

Elena Liner's nine remaining units which are under a different franchise are still allowed to operate.

"Nagkaroon ng kapabayaan ang operator nito (Elena Liner) kaya nag-bunsod ng pagkakamatay ng ilang katao. Ito ay nakita namin na may paglabag sa terms and conditions of franchise," Ginez said.

MGP Trans' franchise covering all of its 18 units was also cancelled after the LTFRB found out that the bus involved in the accident was a phased out unit and was not properly registered to the LTFRB and Land Transportation Office. – with a report from Johnson Manabat, dzMM