Majority of Jell Transport drivers fail driving test

Posted at 09/10/2009 8:58 PM | Updated as of 09/10/2009 8:58 PM

MANILA - The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board on Thursday said more than half of the drivers of Jell Transport bus company failed a driver's test imposed by the agency.

The LTFRB implemented the test after a Jell Transport bus ran over a three-year-old girl on EDSA last month.

Of the 82 Jell Transport who took the test, only 34 passed. "This is very dangerous. These are accidents waiting to happen," LTFRB Chairman Alberto Suansing said.

To remedy the situation, Suansing said all public utility drivers should undergo retraining before the end of the year. "If they fail the retraining, they will not be allowed to drive public utility vehicles," he said.

He said bus drivers will be the first to undergo the mandatory re-training followed by jeepney, truck and taxi drivers.

Some bus drivers said they are open to the idea of retraining in order to lessen the number of road accidents involving public vehicles.

On the other hand, the National Council for Commuter Protection said the government should ensure continuous training of public utility drivers as well as impose stricter requirements for drivers who want to drive public utility vehicles. "There has to be a land transportation technology course for no less than one year," said NCCP official Elvira Medina.

The group Pasang Masda recently taught a refresher course to public utility drivers, which taught participants the basics on road signals and traffic laws.