22 Don Mariano units fail LTO, LTFRB inspection
MANILA -- At least twenty-two buses of the Don Mariano Transit Corp., whose one unit figured in a fatal accident on Monday, failed the road worthiness inspection conducted by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
The LTO and LTFRB started inspecting the units of the Don Mariano Transit Corp. at around 9 a.m. on Tuesday, following the mishap in Skyway in Parañaque City which left 18 people dead.
All 78 units of the bus company were ordered to undergo road worthiness test at the Motor Vehicle Inspection Center in Quezon City.
Forty buses have been inspected so far.
According to Josie Tataro, transportation development officer II of the LTFRB, 22 units of the Don Mariano Transit Corp. were found to have worn-out tires, as well as defective signal lights and windshield wipers.
Speaking to radio dzMM on Tuesday afternoon, LTO spokesman Jason Salvador said they are now thinking of revising inspection procedures of the agency, noting that road worthiness tests are only conducted once a year prior to the vehicles' registration.
Salvador said instead of requiring public utility vehicles (PUVs) to undergo inspection only once a year, they will be ordered to undergo tests either semi-annually or quarterly.
"Kailangan po i-reorient natin silang mabuti upang maalala nila na hindi lang naman po buhay nila ang nakasalalay sa likod ng manibela kundi po pati yung mga pasahero nila at yung ibang mga motorista sa lansangan," he said.
A 30-day preventive suspension was imposed for all units of Don Mariano Transit corp. following the Monday accident.
All bus drivers were also ordered to undergo re-training before they could get a clearance from both the LTO and LTFRB. -- With report from Johnson Manabat, dzMM