FILE PHOTO: Provincial bus terminal
MANILA — Congress is pushing to legalize mandatory International Standards Certification (ISC) for bus operators and companies to minimize incidents of road mishaps.
The Lower House is pushing for the investigation of the bus crash in Nueva Ecija which left at least 30 passengers dead and over 40 injured.
Quezon City representative Alfred Vargas said it is high time for a law that would regulate the use of old buses for public transportation to lessen the occurrence of road accidents.
Caloocan City representative Edgar Erice is pushing for the passage of the Public Utility Bus Safety Bill.
Under the proposed bill, all bus operators will be required to have International Standards Certification wherein they need to pass the standards of safe and high quality service to the public.
“Lahat ng aspect ng operation ng isang bus company sa maintenance, to passenger safety ay mamomonitor (All aspects of operation of a bus company from maintenance to passengers’ safety will be monitored),” Rep. Edgar Erice said.
Erice believes that by doing so, the roads will be rid of irresponsible bus operators.
“Mawawala lahat ng mga kolorum, mawawala lahat nung mga walang kakayanan na mag-maintain, siguruhin ang safety ng kanilang pasahero (All colorum PUV’s will be gone. Those who have no competence for maintenance, securing the safety of their passengers will be gone),” Erice added.
The Provincial Bus Operators Association is also in favor of the proposal.
“Oo syempre alam mo buhay ng tao ang invovled dito, ang nakakalungkot pa rito ang apektado mahihirap nating mga kababayan (Of course, a person’s life is involved here. What’s even more saddening, the people who are mostly affected are the poor citizens),” PBOA Executive Director Engr. Alejandro Yague Jr. said. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue
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