LTFRB reimposes age limit for school bus services
MANILA -- The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is reimposing the mandatory age limit of 15 years for school bus services to ensure the safety of children.
The LTFRB said it is reimposing Memorandum Circular 2004-012 in line with the Department of Transportation and Communications' (DOTC) modernization program.
The memorandum circular, amended in 2007, is requiring school bus operators to secure roadworthiness certificates in lieu of the age limit.
"It is the duty of the school bus operators to provide safe, adequate and convenient service to the public, hence pursuant to our transport regulatory powers, we are setting the guidelines and strictly implementing the mandatory age limit for school bus services," LTFRB chairman Atty. Winston Ginez said.
The mandatory age limit of 15 years will apply to any type of vehicle, even if it carries a valid Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC).
"Dahil sa ang mga pasahero ng school bus services ay mga batang mag-aaral, hindi iko-kompromiso ng Board at DOTC ang kanilang kaligtasan habang patungo sa kanilang mga paaralan," Ginez said.
Under the memo, only new school bus service units will be allowed to apply for CPC effective January 1, 2014.
The LTFRB will refer to the unit's LTO Certificate of Registration to determine the age of the school bus service.
Ginez said the Board is giving school bus operators time to replace their old units, but come January 1, 2015, the mandatory age limit of 15 years will be strictly implemented.