All public utility buses (PUBs) will be required to install global positioning system (GPS) devices starting September of 2015.
In a statement, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said it has imposed the following schedule for adoption of the GPS:
- Provincial buses entering Metro Manila, September 1, 2015 to January 31, 2016;
- Metro Manila city buses, January 1, 2016 to April 30, 2016;
- Inter-regional buses outside Metro Manila, April 1, 2016 to July 31, 2016; and
- Intra-regional buses outside Metro Manila, July 1, 2016 to October 31, 2016.
PUB operators are required to obtain GPS devices only from LTFRB-accredited suppliers, which will install the devices under supervision from the agency’s personnel.
Once registered using a unique ID assigned to each device, the GPS can send data to a log server that will allow the LTFRB to locate any PUB and monitor its speed. PUBs are required to drive no faster than 80 kilometers per hour (kph) along expressways and by 60 kph in urban areas.
Bus operators who fail to install GPS device will be fined P5,000 per unit. An additional penalty of P1,000 per unit per month will be imposed after a grace period of 30 days is granted from the end of the compliance period.
Operators or drivers found tampering the GPS device will be fined P5,000 for first offense, P10,000 for second offense and P15,000 for third and subsequent offenses including suspension of their certificate of public convenience (CPC) for 30 days.
“The board’s main aim is to protect the safety of the riding public by regulating the speed limit of buses traversing our national roads and highways,” LTFRB chairman Winston Ginez said.
“With the use of latest and innovative technology, we believe we can modernize our transport system and provide the commuters with reliable, convenient and safe transportation services,” he added.
According to the U.P. National Center for Transportation Studies, road accident severity is related to speeds of colliding vehicles attributed to driver’s practice of tailgating and miscalculation of speed.