Accident-prone Nova buses suspended from plying routes for 30 days



MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has suspended the entire fleet of the Nova Auto Transport firm after two of its buses figured in accidents just hours apart.

Already considered one of the most accident-prone bus companies in the country, Nova will see the operations of its entire fleet suspended for 30 days starting Thursday. During this time, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will test the road-worthiness of the company’s fleet of 76 buses.

Nova’s drivers and conductors will also be told to attend driving seminars and be subjected to drug tests.

“A 30-day suspension was the maximum we could order pending an investigation on the individual accidents,” LTFRB Chairman James Jacob said.

“The accident with the motorcycle this morning was the 17th accident for Nova since 2009,” Jacob said on Wednesday, adding that Nova already occupied the 10th spot in an internal LTFRB list of companies with the most road accidents.

On Tuesday, the LTFRB issued a suspension order that covered only 10 buses in Nova’s fleet after a collision between buses owned by Nova and CEM Transit on East Avenue in Quezon City, injuring 23 people.

In the first hour of Wednesday, a man on a motorcycle was killed after being hit by a Nova bus on Belfast Avenue, also in Quezon City. This prompted the issuance of another order on Wednesday that covered  the entire Nova fleet.

At the end of the 30-day investigation, Jacob said the LTFRB would decide on whether to penalize Nova for its role in the accidents.

Jacob admitted that policies aimed at reducing the number of road accidents, particularly the recent move outlawing commission-based salaries for bus company employees, have so far been ineffective.

Unfortunately, Jacob said the LTFRB had no authority to look into bus companies’ labor practices. That job, he said, fell under the jurisdiction of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

“We have the power to cancel franchises of non-compliant bus drivers, but as long as they have the compliance certificate from DOLE, then our hands are tied,” Jacob said.

He added that the rate of compliance to DOLE’s Department Order 118-12 or the Rules and Regulations Governing the Employment and Working Conditions of Drivers and Conductors in the Public Utility Bus Transport Industry, has been relatively low.

“Out of the 150 bus companies in Metro Manila, only 30 have complied,” Jacob said.

He said this was largely due to the discrepancy between the deadlines set by the LTFRB and the DOLE for the implementation of the new rule. Jacob said the LTFRB wanted fixed salaries for bus employees starting last November. DOLE, on the other hand, said it would be lenient in its implementation until the first quarter of 2013.

If the discrepancy was not addressed, bus companies would continue to pay their employees on commission—encouraging reckless driving in the race for passengers, Jacob said.

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  • AJ

    suspension? how bout getting rid of them for good.   LTFRB said it themselves there are 150 bus companies in the Metro, im sure we won’t miss one.

    • JunPyo123

      and definitely we won’t miss this red hot nova bus.

  • Mike Moreno

    Sumakay kayo sa kahit anong bus sa metro manila at makikita nyo na parang mga speed manyak mag drive ang mga drivers. Halos lahat wala paki sa traffic rules at lalo na sa kapakanan ng pasahero. Nilalapastangan nila ang safety at kulang na lang itapon ang mga bumababa. Kahit saan binababa. Kung magmaneho barumbado at lagi nagmamadali. BAKIT GANYAN?? Kasi naghahabol sila sa kita. Kasi mas madami pasahero mas malaki kita. Kaya mag-aagawan sila sa pasahero. Mag-kakarera sila at maguunahan. MALI KASI ANG PARAAN NG PASWELDO! Hindi dapat naka base sa bilis ng ikot at dami ng pasahero ang weldo nila. WAG NA KAYO PUMAYAG MAGPA AGRABYADO SA MGA ABUSADONG DRIVER. Hindi dapat irason ang kita ng ilang negosyante sa kapakanan ng taong bayan. Dapat ipatupad ang salary basis ng sweldo ng mga driver ng mahigpit. Dapat iregulate na mabuti ang public transport. Kung maayos ang sweldo ng driver at hindi nakabase sa komisyon ay hindi sila maguugaling speed manyak. Kung hindi sobra sobra ang mga bus sa EDSA ay hindi kukulangin sa kita ang mga bus companies. Kun iilan lang ang mga kompanya ng bus ay sasapat ang kita ng me ari ng bus kahit mataas ang sweldo ng driver. WAG NA TAYO PALOKO SA MGA BUS COMPANIES NA PERA ANG HABOL AT HINDI SERBISYO. PUBLIC TRANSPORT IS PUBLIC SERVICE!

    • GustoKoHappyKa

      kaya nagrereklamo si claire dela fuente eh..mababawasan yung kayamanan nya i mean ang kiki-tain.. dapat lang naman na fix salary yan mga driver ng bus at ng umayos ayos sila… now kung tatamad tamad naman sila din may kasalanan kung magsara ang company nila

  • Franzeline Perdubal

    Why is LTFRB so afraid of Claire Dela Fuente? Hindi na si GMA ang nakaupo.

    You dont need 150 companies on a jampacked highway! Kailangan mo ay isang matinong solution like bus routing na tama at hindi dictated ng mga bus companies.

    Ang mga bus natin parang squatter na may gulong.

  • dodong1

    He added that the rate of compliance to DOLE’s Department Order 118-12 or the Rules and Regulations Governing the Employment and Working Conditions of Drivers and Conductors in the Public Utility Bus Transport Industry, has been relatively low.
    “Out of the 150 bus companies in Metro Manila, only 30 have complied,” Jacob said.

  • Juan Delacruz

    tough one 

  • $14334231

    i have already blogged it twice, and i’ll say it again, give a fixed salary at least to metro manila bus drivers so they don’t drive recklessly due to competition of passengers…..aside from drivers attending seminars, let them explain what are the rules of the road and if they can read signs both in vernaculars and english…if they fail on either one, then they should not be allowed to drive, let alone, a bus……these also should be done to truck drivers plying in metro manila, for now….later, it should be done nationally……it is time to eradicate abusive them, as long as they are alive in an accident, it’s okay for them…and if they say, they lost the brakes, or lost control, castigate the owners for not doing preventive measures on their vehicles (be it trucks, buses, owners, jeepneys or othwerwise)….these people has to be taught a lesson….are you listening to the heed of the riders and pedestrians, LTFRB and DOLE?????

  • Nic Legaspi

    Proper coordination between government agencies. Enough said.

    Oh, and we should suspend all bus companies who do not comply with the rules, and allow the other remaining bus companies to have a bigger stake. No use having 150 bus companies that we can’t handle. In other countries, they have ONE or a FEW bus companies with dedicated routes that are numbered and clear to the riding public. Sala-salabat na ang mga ruta ng jeep at bus dito sa Metro Manila. We should build this from scratch!

  • Cola

    The LTO is not testing the road worthiness of public utility vehicles, buses included.  The owners of the vehicles PAY – OFF the LTO people at the Motor Vehicle Inspection Centers located in East Avenue and Pasay for Metro Manila, San Fernando La Union for Region 3, San Pablo for Region 4A, San Fernando, La Union for Region 1 and CAR, etc.  No inspections are being made.  The DOTC should command the LTO to implement strictly the inspection.  Why not place a CCTV in these Inspection Centers to ensure that there is compliance?

  • riccisan

    These bad buses are a shame to Phil. so better get these buses off the roads. Problem is, babalik ulit ito with a new franchise name, but same drivers, conductors, and newly repainted buses. 

  • duhconsul

    get these killers off the road

  • TiradorDelaMuerte

    Dapat isunod na din dyan yung SAFEWAY bus, kasi hindi naman safe magpasada yung mga bus na yun.

  • Vener

    lahat ng Bus na dumadaan ng edsa at commonwealth parang siga sa daan mga halimaw ang driver kala mo walang kamatayan. dapat esiminar lahat yan at wag bibigyan ng lisensya kapag wala sa katinuan.

  • Vener

    dapat higpitan ang mga bus, halimaw sila sa daan, walang respeto at dapat isiminar at pag-aralin ng kagandahang asal.

  • scorpio15

    Napakarami talaga ng mga Bus sa Metro Manila. Lahat namang Buses galing Luzon Norte at Sur isaksak pa naman sa Metro Manila. Tapos ang bibilis pa ang mga takbo lalo na dyan sa Commonwealth.

    Sa Iloilo ang lahat na Provincial Buses at Jeepneys ay hindi na pueding pumasok sa City Proper. Merong itinayong Central Terminal sa labas ng City. Bat hindi pueding magawa sa Metro Manila??? Walang Balls ang nasa Pamahala-an ng Metro Manila o walang utak o napako sa padulas??????

  • Josemakabayan

    Tell me how many lives should be lost before an accident prone company like NOVA could have their franchise be revoked by the LTFRB ????? As per report the latest incident was the 17th for nova since 2009. So how come its franchise haven’t been revoked yet???? Is it a million $ question that nobody from LTFRB can’t answer or dare to move??????? Or is it a case of kkkk??????

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