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LTFRB suspends operation of Partas, Luzon Bus because of accidents

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MANILA - (UPDATED 5:00 p.m.) The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has suspended the operation of 25 units of Partas Transport Corp Inc as well as 10 units of Luzon Bus Inc because of a string of accidents.

In a statement, LTFRB said the first accident involving Partas happened about 12:50 a.m. on May 27, when one of its buses bearing plate number AVY-858 and plying the Lagangilang, Abra-Pasay City route figured in a collision with another vehicle along the National Highway in the vicinity of Brgy Bulala, Bacnotan, La Union.

At about 7:25 a.m. of May 30, the company’s bus with plate number TVR-693 plying the Baguio–Domestic route was also involved in another accident along the kilometer 28-450 North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) within Brgy. Turo, Bocaue, Bulacan.

In the case of Luzon Bus, one of its units with plate number TXT-578 was involved in a fatal accident on May 14 along Quirino Highway, Brgy Maharlika, San Jose del Monte, Bulacan. This led to one fatality and to damage to several other vehicles.

Under Section 16 paragraph (n) of the Public Service Act, LTFRB can suspend the operation of franchise holders for no more than 30 days effective upon surrender of the plates of all the units within five days from the service of the suspension order.

“As part of our regulatory powers, we will not hesitate to suspend the franchise of bus operators who fail to meet our strict requirements in terms of road worthiness of their whole fleet,” LTFRB chairman Winston M. Ginez said.

Partas Transport and Luzon Bus were ordered to bring their buses to the Motor Vehicle Inspection Service for inspection to determine their roadworthiness before they are again allowed to operate.

The drivers of the units will likewise undergo Road Safety Seminar conducted by LTFRB or authorized training centers.