Under the memo, the LTFRB said an alternative driver should be on standby to take over for trip exceeding six hours. The agency further stated that the bus conductors cannot be allowed to drive in order for him to provide continuous assistance to the passengers of the PUB.
The LTFRB explained this policy aims to prevent driver fatigue, which is one of the factors that cause road accidents. “Driver fatigue is a serious problem resulting in many road mishaps”, the Board said in the memo.
The LTFRB said the new policy would have the following penalties:
First-time offenders will be fined Php5,000
Second offense will cost the bus operators a fine of Php10,000 and a 30-day suspension
Third offense, a penalty of 60-day suspension will be imposed
If a vehicular accident resulting in loss of lives, physical injuries or damage to property is caused by non-compliance to the memo, the LTFRB will investigate detail and facts surrounding the accident as “aggravating circumstance” to be able to impose the proper penalty.
All in all, the memo came in time for the forthcoming Holy Week, when passengers flood bus terminals to travel back to their provinces, with some journeys taking more than six hours on the street.
Advisory Memorandum Circular: Hours of Driving for Public Utility Bus (PUB) Drivers
Driver fatigue is a serious problem resulting in many road mishaps