MMDA finds bus driver with 128 violations

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If you thought the driver with 99 traffic violations was bad, read this.

At Friday’s launch of a Bus Management and Dispatch System (BMDS) at a new bus terminal in Malabon City, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority found a bus driver with 128 traffic violations and 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.

It is expected that 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, MMDA chair Francis Tolentino said in an earlier statement.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YMRXSOYS6ZCDDW43HZ4Z2XKVMQ BrAX82

    kaya nman pala balasubas mag maneho. Nu ba rules pag bus driver? pwede magdrive na walang lisensya?

  • pedronimo

    THE BUS IS NOT A PLANE

    The MMDA should ban TV monitors and Videos on the bus. This is a useless amenity which no passenger enjoys watching. Commuters take the bus to get away from the noise pollution in the street and enjoy a quiet, restful, safe, if delayed, journey to work. KAYABANGAN LANG ANG MAGLAGAY NG TV SA BUS! A bus is not a plane. Mga Baduy!

    • huseng_batute

      Ang galing mo naman!  Nakausap mo ang lahat ng mga pasahero ng bus at sinabi nila sa iyo na hindi sila nanonood.

      Maybe you should run for public office kasi alam na alam mo ang pulso ng mga tao.

      • pedronimo

         Ikaw ba, enjoy ka sa palabas sa bus TV, so much so na nakatutok ka talaga dialogue at action ng palabas na cine? Sa barber shop, I could watch a TV show or movie pero sa bus may ingay ng engine, at pahinto-hintong viaje, at sakay-baba ng pasahero. So para sa iyo, let the TV stay na lang. Well, it’s a democracy, kanya-kanya level ng kaligayahan.

      • huseng_batute

        It’s not a dolby surround cinema experience, but its much better than watching nothing.  It takes your mind off the horrendous traffic jam.

        Para syang pirated movie na may naglalakad sa harap, dinig mo yung tawanan ng audience….

        Cheers! :)

    • http://twitter.com/ellumbra Sasaki Nozomi

      FYI, I watch those shows in the bus. They help take my mind off the irritating traffic. Kung ayaw mong manood, wag kang manood. Wag mong idamay yung mga ibang pasahero.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

    ” …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….”

    MMDA must disclose the name of the bus company and its driver to make the public avoid buses owned by erring bus operators. For 128 offenses, that driver must be banned from driving a bus. He is making a mockery of the law.

    When it comes to traffic control and discipline, those violations are not to be considered “minor” when most of the traffic mess are due to undisciplined bus drivers. If we continue to have forgiving officials like Mila Silvestre our traffic will remain hopelessly chaotic.

    • nexus18

      yes. we are known as a country where laws are weakly implemented. Here in metro Manila traffic enforcers are selective in calling violations. Private motorists are quickly cited for some minor violations while jeepneys, buses and trykes’s violations are mostly blindly ignored. One can see trycicles plying major streets, buses and jeepneys swerving left and right causing traffic obstractions. Most of us want to have an orderly traffic management but if the head of the OBR will not enforce the traffic control and discipline then surely we will remain hopeless.

  • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

    wat happened to the 3-violations strike rule? at ayaw pa ibulgar ang pangalan..may balak pa kayong aregluhin nakngteteng talaga

  • AlanOnPalawan

    Please bring this program to Palawan, or ANY program that will help to keep Hwy traffic from constantly driving on the wrong side of the Hwy. Buses, Vans,  Trucks, Cars, Trikes, & Motorcycles all seem to think they alone own the hwy & you should stay out of their royal way.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M6UL2UG4OGTMCLSYGB5MVJ7USE InSearchOfTruth

    “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. ”

    minor man o major eh dapat seryosohin.  kung minor nga lang hindi kayang tuparin eh paano pa ang mga major.  saka minor violation ay violation pa rin.  kung hindi mo kayang sundin kahit ang minor eh wag ka magmaneho.

    saka dapat nila sabihin ang pangalan ng bus company para alam ng mga commuters kung sino sinong bus companies ang mga tahasang lumalabag sa batas.  bakit itatago?  kasalanan naman nila eh.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ELGS2BPKJKG5PDWJAOOCF7K5KI Albert

    Minor offenses or not, what is being proven here is this driver does not care about the law nor respect anyone. He should be paying his fines, it is not an obligation but a penalty. Then he should lose his license and be banned from driving PUVs for good.

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