Biometric dispatch system finds bus driver with 128 violations

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MANILA, Philippines—If you thought the driver with 99 traffic violations was bad, read this: At Friday’s launch of a Bus Management and Dispatch System at a new bus terminal in Malabon City, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority found a bus driver with 128 traffic violations. And the man had a string of unpaid fines totaling P29,000.

Organized Bus Route (OBR) program head Mila Silvestre declined to identify the bus driver or disclose the name of his company, supposedly to give them a chance to settle the obligations first, but she said that the violations were only minor ones, such as traffic obstruction or illegal loading and unloading.

The BDMS modernizes the OBR system by placing permanent MMDA offices at existing bus dispatch terminals, and subjecting drivers to fingerprint scanning for verification. The verification draws from a databank on which a total of 5,200 city bus drivers have been registered, as required since last year, Silvestre said.

The databank shows the driver’s bus company and his unsettled traffic violations. Only drivers with less than three pending traffic violations are dispatched. The rest are grounded until they settle their obligations at the MMDA headquarters in Makati and attend a traffic seminar.

On the first day of the BDMS in Malabon, 399 bus drivers were dispatched and 153 bus drivers were grounded. The first day of the BDMS in Fairview saw 186 dispatched, and 285 grounded.

It was in Fairview where the bus driver with a collection of 99 traffic citations was found, but, as in the Malabon case, neither his identity nor that of his company was disclosed.

“The BDMS is for the safety of commuters, to reduce reckless drivers. The drivers now know that we can monitor them. This would also help bus operators monitor their own drivers,” Silvestre said in a telephone interview.

She said MMDA chair Francis Tolentino had also ordered a priority lane for bus drivers at the MMDA ticket payment center, to address the sudden rush of drivers settling their obligations, and to assure cooperative bus operators their units will not be grounded longer than necessary.

It is expected other major OBR dispatch terminals, such as the South Station in Alabang and the Coastal Mall in Parañaque, will also be upgraded by the BDMS. Twelve more smaller dispatch terminals will be established all over Metro Manila later this year, Tolentino said in an earlier statement.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZHZM2FBNMXAKU6BSP24VH5W7GE Jose

    There should be a limit on how many traffic violation a driver can accumulate. If a driver commits 5traffic violation in 1 year, he should be suspended for 1 year also. Of course the driver will be jobless , however it is drivers like this who usually get into accidents because they don’t follow laws, at the expense of the traveling public.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JJ3EVCTQXRCB24IEJDP7G5YTB4 Jerry

    Ha???? do you still allow this driver to drive? you still give him chance to pay his fines? eh dapat revoke na ang lisensiya! ang pocha naman oo!

    • puza65

      at least ngaun mag iingat na sila maraming mawawalan ng trabaho kung di sila bibigyan ng panibagong tsansa…

  • Jane Tan

    How about bus drivers that smoke while driving?

  • huseng_batute

    Good job, MMDA!

    Sana tuloy-tuloy na yan para madisiplina ang mga drivers ng public utility vehicles.

    • MDLANHAM

       Congratulations to MMDA. I know you are doing good job. Keep it up.

  • mg_harrier

    I hope this can be implemented to jeepney drivers too and then to taxi drivers not only in metro manila but all over the country.those outside metro manila to be spearheaded by concern agency like LTO/LTFRB or local/city traffic authority.

  • $5699914

    Alisin na lang ang mga bus sa EDSA, tram lines na lang ang ipalit.
    Yung mga bus, pang-provincial operation na lang or Manila to nearby provinces na lang ang byahe…
    Papaano yung mga empleyado ng mga bus companies? ilipat sila sa operation ng tram…
    Yung tram company, itaguyod ng mga bus operators plus ng government.

    Gawing publicly-listed company ito, para yung ordinaryong tao, maaaring mag-invest.

    Bawas polusyon, bawas-trapik, bawas kunsumo sa fuel, mas magiging-professional na ang public transportation.

  • kismaytami

    Kaya pala lumuwang nang kaunti ang bus lane. Yun nga lang, overloading, standing ovation, at sardinas naman ang mga bus lalo na pag rush hour. Kaya in the end, ang apektado pa rin ay mga walang kalaban-labang commuters. Hindi ba ito naisip ng MMDA? Buti man lang sana kung may Plan B sila para sa mga commuters.

  • http://on.fb.me/16z14Nv Angel Divera

    traffic obstruction or illegal loading and unloading is no longer minor if you do that all the time and daily basis. its like 1 rat then 10 then soon millions. (may relation ba?)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Kaya bang ma detect ang driver na may higit isang driver’s license ang hawak o gamit?

    • curatolo

      yan pa ang isang dapat alamin ng MMDA, baka nga higit sa isa ang drivers license, pag madami na ticket ibang lisensya gagamitin. Ang galing talaga ng Pinoy sa palusutan.

  • i_am_filipino

    Hulihin din ang overloading bus passenger because if it is over its limit capacity, there is a big ensity that the weight will concentrate on top causing imbalancing of the bus resulting to either falling from a bridge if there is one, zigzagging of bus along the main road and hitting innocent bystanders killing passengers. Also conduct alcohol test if they exceed .04 then dont allow them to pick up passenger and drive

  • i_am_filipino

    also an odor test must be conducted kasi ang daming mabahong driver at conductor

  • curatolo

    Maganda yang project na yan ng MMDA.Sana hindi ningas – kugon ito,o kaya isang paraan na naman para maka hingi  ng lagay sa mga drivers. Kailangan talaga ang safety ng pasahero at mga pedestrian ang dapat pag tutunan ng abala ng MMDA. Mabuhay kayo , sana tuloy tuloy na ito!!!!!

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