Bus operators shun LTFRB Driving Academy project

Legazpi City (June 19, 2017) – What can a one-day seminar do to immediately resolve the issues?

This was the reaction of Alex Yague, executive director of the Provincial Bus Operators Association (PBOAP) about a government-sponsored seminar for public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers.

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In its efforts to address several issues concerning PUVs, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is conducting a seminar for drivers.

Dubbed as a “Driving Academy” of sorts, it would school these professional drivers on franchise clarification, anger management and road rage among others.

Yague explained that there are already several practices in place which would warrant the dependability and professionalism of drivers they are hiring.

For their part, the executive director explained that almost all operators implement an orientation and apprenticeship program wherein rookie drivers are tutored by those more experienced on the routes or trips taken by the buses.

According to him, that is aside from government requirements like professional drivers’ licenses and national competency certifications from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Yague added that it would be too much of a burden for a provincial bus driver to be out of work for a couple of days just to attend this “refresher course.”

With regards to road rage, he exclaimed that most of those involved in these incidents are not PUV drivers but private vehicles who have the propensity to carry firearms inside their cars.

It would be recalled that Atty. Aileen Lourdes Lizada, board member of the LTFRB recently announced that this one-day seminar would hopefully tackle apprehensions about road and public safety.

The LTFRB spokesperson stated that their office have partnered with several academic and professional institutions for promoting responsible driving for the safety of the general public.

She detailed that among them are the Ateneo de Manila School of Government who will be providing a module on road safety.

For their part, the De La Salle University Psychology Department, according to her, would be supplying the module on road rage and anger management.

Also participating in the project, Lizada revealed, is the Automobile Association Philippines (AAP) who will be giving inputs on safety and efficiency regarding technical and mechanical issues of vehicles.

The University of the Philippines (UP) Center for Transportation Studies would also be helping in developing other modules for the project.

Finally, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) would also be giving refreshers on traffic signs and pavement markings while the LTFRB would be reminding the drivers about the responsibilities and details of the franchises granted to PUV operators.

Lizada explained that this will be just the first phase of the project wherein the Memorandum Circular would come out on July of this year. (J. Garalde)