Do you hate erring motorists just as much as the next guy? We know we do.
If you share our sentiments, then get this: Starting Monday, March 9, 2020, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will be deploying more personnel to aid in apprehending suspended drivers that recklessly continue to operate PUVs around the city. This comes following the MMDA’s announcement earlier this week that it will begin suspending PUV drivers with multiple violations.
According to a CNN Philippines report, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) has claimed that around 2,000 drivers have already been suspended since November 2019—these are the people who have incurred three or more infractions in a year. The agency says that those who continue to drive despite their suspensions may have their licenses revoked.
The report also says that the MMDA’s list—which it already submitted to the LTO—contains 12,000 erring PUV drivers in total. These drivers will be sent show-cause orders, which will be followed by an automatic 90-day suspension. They may still contest their violations, which could result in a lighter sanction.
In our previous story, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) technical division chief Joel Bolano already clarified that the removal of the suspended drivers from the road won’t result in adverse effects on the transport system as a whole. This was what Bolano said: “If there are 3,500 bus units in Metro Manila, there are more than 7,000 [public utility bus] drivers. If there are only 2,000 delinquent bus drivers, there will still be 5,000 left.”
However, MMDA traffic chief Bong Nebrija has now said that the 2,000 suspended drivers constitute 30% of the PUV drivers in Metro Manila, and stressed that this move may greatly affect commuters. In light of this, he has advised the public to “adjust their time” since fewer PUVs are expected to ply the city streets beginning Monday.
“Make it early so that if ever you will be affected by this, there's ample time for you to recover para hindi kayo ma-late. You have to find alternative transportation to your office,” Nebrija said.
So, readers—especially the commuters from the metro—what do you think?