LTFRB suspends bus firm in Batangas fatal crash
MANILA -- The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has suspended the whole fleet of Alps The Bus Inc. after one of its units figured in an accident in Batangas last October 14 that left one person dead and several others others injured.
The LTFRB said 50 units of Alps The Bus Inc. have been suspended for 30 days effective upon surrender of the plates of all the units within five days from the service of the suspension.
All units of the bus company were also ordered to undergo road worthiness test at the Motor Vehicle Inspection Service (MVIS).
The bus drivers were also asked to undergo a seminar on road safety.
"As part of the Department of Transportation and Communications' aim of providing the public with safe transport mode, we will not allow buses with questionable road worthiness to ply our streets, hence we are issuing suspension order to prevent all buses of Alps The Bus Inc. from operating along our national highways," said LTFRB chairman Atty. Winston Ginez.
A hearing on the case has been set on November 6 at 9 a.m.
An Alps The Bus unit with plate number TYZ 664 plying the Roxas City to Cubao route collided with a motorcycle along the Maharlika Highway in the vicinity of San Rafael, Sto. Tomas, Batangas last October 14.
The driver of the motorcycle was dead on the spot. Several passengers of the bus, meanwhile, were wounded in the incident.