Most dangerous Metro Manila buses named

LTFRB: Shape up or face cancelation of franchise


Dimple Star Transport passenger bus plunges from Skyway in South Luzon Expressway in Sucat, Paranaque City, on July 26. NINO JESUS ORBETA/INQUIRER

MANILA, Philippines—The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board has put together lists of the most dangerous buses in Metro Manila, based on the number of accidents that have resulted in deaths, injuries, and damage to property, and warned that they might lose their franchises.

LTFRB board member Manuel Iway on Thursday said the unprecedented move aims to urge companies to be more careful with the welfare of their passengers.

“If they do not improve their operations to become safer, we will cancel their franchises,” he said in an interview.

The list is broken down into three categories—number of deaths, injuries and property damage—and is based on accident reports submitted by all public utility buses to the LTFRB. The lists published by the LTFRB cover the whole of 2010 and the first half of 2011.

Lists of the 10 most dangerous bus operators in Metro Manila:

Based on the number of deaths (passengers and bus personnel)

1. Admiral Transport
2. Nova Auto Transport
3. JAM Liner
4. Gassat Express
5. Joyselle Express
6. Philippine Corinthian Liner
7. Rainbow Express Inc.
8. Alberto Garating
9. Alps the Bus
10. EM Transit Service

Based on the number of injured (passengers and bus personnel)

1. Admiral Transport
2. Nova Auto Transport
3. AM Liner
4. Gassat Express
5. Joyselle Express
6. Miami Transport
7. Pascual Liner
8. Philippine Corinthian Liner
9. Rainbow Express Inc.
10. CEM Transit Service

Based on damage to property

1. Don Mariano Transit
2. Nova Auto Transport
3. Gassat Express
4. Miami Transport
5. Pascual Liner
6. Rainbow Express Inc.
7. Ropal Transport
8. A&B Liner
9. GELL Transport
10. CEM Transit Service

The Inquirer tried but failed to reach Claire de la Fuente, president of the Integrated Metropolitan Bus Operators Association, for comment.

Her bus company, Philippine Corinthian Liner, ranked 6th among the bus firms in terms of number of accidents that led to deaths and 8th based on the number of accidents which resulted in injuries.

On the same day it released the list, the LTFRB also temporarily suspended the franchises of two bus companies whose units recently figured in an accident.

The management of Safeway Bus Lines and Universal Guiding Star Bus Line Corp. were ordered to halt their operations for 30 days as the transport board asked them to explain why their franchises should not be canceled permanently.

Three people were injured on September 20 when two buses belonging to the firms figured in an accident in Quezon City.

Since the start of the year, the LTFRB has been cracking down on bus companies that frequently figure in mishaps, particularly on major thoroughfares such as Edsa and Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City.

Iway said that the agency was also drafting rules that would make it mandatory for drivers and conductors of public utility vehicle to receive fixed salaries instead of earning on a commission basis.

“With the current system, many drivers are often exhausted or lack sleep because they are forced to work long hours,” Iway said, adding, “This puts the safety of passengers in jeopardy.”

Originally posted at 5:53pm | September 22, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Why do they need to give these Bus companies up to the end of this year to improve safety? Is this one way of saying that the LTFRB will be waiting for more people to be hurt, properties to be destroyed, or lost of lives by year end?

    They must force these bus companies to act immediately ensuring the safety of the riding public, and not wait for 3 more months.

  • Anonymous

    Isn’r it that the LTFRB just suspended Saulog Bus Co., but I just saw 2 units with passengers this morning. Ano ba talaga kiya?

    • Anonymous

      actually ang sakay ng mga saulog eh mga driver and conductor na papunta sa ltfrb for inspection… taga cavite po ito kaya alam namin na walang biyahe ang saulog

  • Edgie Guevarra

    The very root of problems concerning our roads and its motorists is that every driver and PUV company feels that it is their right to be on the road, when the very principle of obtaining licenses and franchises is that they are given as a privilege. Maybe this principle should be reinforced, together with the government’s push to change its image. If it proves to be important for our high ranking officials to gain the trust of the public, then it is more important to gain this trust for our motorists, since every time they go out to the streets means life or death for others.

  • Anonymous

    can you also take a look at the location of their terminals..take for example JAC liner’s terminal in buendia cor taft ave.  napakahigpit ng mga enforcers ng pasay tas yang bus na yan e laking abala sa mga motorista..pati donada street nahaharang na nila

  • pilosopo tasyo

    you already have a record that these companies do not care about their passengers. How many lives does it take to make you decide to cancel these franchises!

  • Nikko Mahor

    The cost of putting up and running a bus company is no big joke. To cancel one’s franchise hurts the businessman and eventually the economy as well. I think if the drivers are properly monitored, as well as the road worthiness of the bus, less accidents and deaths will happen. Perhaps a monthly inspection of the bus should be done by the LTFRB, as well as random monthly drug tests for drivers…. If not, at least compel bus operators to take the initiative and file a compliance report to the LTFRB on a monthly basis… that should keep everyone happy.

  • papaboar75

    1. so who is the safest then?

  • Jabba

    I talked to some friends who are bus drivers and I was horrified on their way of thinking. They say, if they hit a person they would rather see that person die immediately because it will be cheaper for them and the bus company. If a person lives, hospital bill will cost them more than spending for burial and token money for the family of the victim.

    • Emmanuel

      Luma na tong ganitong pagiisip ng mga driver. Bata pa ako (mga 8 or 9 years old, now I’m 28), ganito na naririnig namin sa mga kwento kwento ng bus drivers sa province namin na galing Manila. Meron pa ngang balita na inaatrasan daw ung victim to be sure na patay ung nasagaan (samin pwede tong gawin kasi karamihan sa dumaraan na bus madaling araw,  ung mga galing maynila, so ung accident,  probably mga 4 am or 5 am nangyayari).

      • Aspo resurrection

        hindi yan balita Pareng Emm, dalawang beses kung naranasan yan at talagang papatayin ang biktima
        dahil maliit lang kanilang babayaran kaysa hospital.Pero marami na ring driver sa amin ang pinatay sa mga relatives nang biktima, so square lang.

    • Scallop/Scalper

      Also, a live victim can give evidence against them so they’d rather eliminate the evidence.

    • Anonymous

      You haven’t heard that side of the same story in the provinces…

      The driver reverses the bus so as to make sure the person is truly dead.

  • arman

    dapat ang walang bus terminal hindi mabigyan ng franchise..LTFRB punta kayo ng San pedro laguna ang mga bus walang sariling bus terminal…

  • France

    It is freaking ridiculous that you will wait to the end of the year to see if they still killed and injured people!!! Unbelievable!!!  Transparency, Open Administration: how many died, how many injured, how much financial damages?  

    Everyone knows that buses drivers are heavily dangerous, over speeding, swirling, giving no chance to any smaller mobile unit to take its legally owned way.  Where is the police…

    Bring the directors of those companies to Court: they are accomplices in killing people when they let or even worst, push, their drivers to perform super fast time on their line.

  • kronos

    There should be a better way in disciplining DRIVERS overall.  It is the drivers and not the bus companies that make the road dangerous.  Make it hard to get a professional driver’s license and make it so easy to revoke it and impose immediate jail sentence for offending drivers.  Tingnan nyo kung di matauhan ang karamihan ng mga lintik na mga abusadong drivers na yan.

    • Scallop/Scalper

      I agree. Getting a driver’s license is not a right but a privilege allowed to those who can show that they are qualified, trained, and responsible for their actions on the road. Make it harder to get professional and non-professional driver’s licenses; and make it very easy to revoke them or suspend them for a minimum of six months. Erring drivers whose licenses are permanently revoked should be posted on an official website so their names can be searchable and verified. This will be similar to the names and faces of shoplifters who are posted at the entrance of supermarkets. Those who are disallowed from driving should never be given the chance to operate a any vehicle in the country. They’ll have to get a job that won’t endanger themselves or others.

    • Aspo resurrection

      poor bus maintenance, poor driving habit, under trained drivers are some examples why bus companies are also to blamed not only the drivers.

  • Anonymous

    AS in the case of most problems that occur in the country, the MAIN ISSUE is the STRICT ENFORCEMENT of ALL RULES and REGULATIONS.  Kahit na ano pang batas o/at alituntunin ang ipalabas at ipa-iral tungkol sa anupamang bagay, kapag ang ito ay hindi na-ipapasunod o na-ipapasatupad, MABABA-BALE WALA ang LAHAT.  A-la swerte ang madalas na mangyayari at bato-bato-sa-langit ang pangkaraniwang susundan ng karamihan.

    Mahaba at malalim na usapin ang tinatawag na LAW ENFORCEMENT para maging effective.  At isa sa pinakamahalagang bagay sa paksang ito ay ang pagpapalaki o pagpapa-taas ng sahod ng mga law enforcers sa lahat ng sangay ng pamahalaan.

  • Rene V

    what a nice idea! i suggest pasting the erring companies logos on giant billboards along with their undesirable rankings as well as the running count of their casualties (parang America’s most wanted) but label it Mga Walang Ingat na Kumpanya ng Bus. display at all terminals and all points of EDSA …

  • Rene V

    why should you trust the transport companies to give you the list of the accidents their drivers caused? you are just giving them the opportunity to cook the data. LTFRB, do the research  yourselves!

  • Anonymous

    Ok ito. Post it for everyone to see, wag na sakyan yang mga bus companies na yan para malugi. Tingnan ko lang kung pamarisan pa. 

  • Anonymous

    Nobody seems to care that a company’s safety record should factor in the size of its fleet. 

  • Aspo resurrection

    Stupid, why try to contact Claire de La Fuente???…she’s currently in/out of GMA7 as one of the Protege mentor…

  • Anonymous

    Kay Claire de la Fuente pala yung Phil Corinthian na yun. Andami daming ipis ng mga bus niya.

  • Pusoydos

    bakit hindi ilagay sa billboard sa edsa yang data na yan. para yung mga drivers/company owners magtino at itaas nila ang standard for hiring.

  • Anonymous

    scary and fightening…

  • jimenocelso

    Nakaka asar na ang mga ganitong balita lagi nalang mga bus driver ang sangkot sa sakuna or bangaan, dahil mga bus driver natin ay per commission ang kita kaya halos mag unahan sila sa pasahero kahit makaaksidente sila ng tao they dont care, basta kumita lng ng malaki, for information po dito po sa Dubai, safe ka kapag sumakay ka ng public bus kasi ang mga driver po dito ay monthly ang sweldo at ang may ari ng bus ay government at talaga pong nahigpit ang batas trapiko dito compare sa pinas, ang problema ang government natin bulag, alam naman nila kung ano ang sanhi ng mga sakuna, dahil per commission ang mga driver, natural po hataw po yan kung mag patakbo, makakuha lng ng pasahero, ang dami na po ang nag buwis ng buhay dahil sa mga bus na yan, kailan pa po ba tayo matatauhan? pag ang mga mahal natin sa buhay ang nasawi? wag na po sana mang yari yun at sana ang mga driver ng bus ay gawin ng monthly ang kanilang sweldo…..

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  • john

    NOVA is no.2 in ALL categories and I am a daily witness at how reckless their drivers are who totally disregard fellow motorists and break almost all the road rules particularly along EDSA and Commonwealth.  Aren’t these enough reason to permanently ground this company immediately and put on record who their drivers are?  Also, how true is it that some high ranking government officials particularly in the police and military are major stakeholders in some of these bus companies?

  • Herbert

    Bakit wala dito yung Jasper Jean, Solid Star at ‘Sahulog’? Ha’ay, for sure, wala ring mangyayari sa SHOW ng LTFRB, gaya ng dati.

  • Anonymous

    Congrats to the LTFRB for putting up this list.

    It’s more than a decade overdue.

  • dimaks blogger

    This stat should be included in the list restricting items for those companies applying for franchises and additional units. This is a positive move indeed. I hope it can be used wisely.

  • Paul Renan

    Bakit wala ang SAFEWAY?!

  • Fabian Cruz

    paul renan baka naman wala pang serious accident ang safeway, ang naalala ko pangalawa pa lang nilang serious accident yan, una e yung sa East Ave. dati.

  • gwen balili

    GOOD JOB LTFRB !!! mukhang na ayos na yata ang pamamalakad nitong agencia ito ah

  • Jerley Nuguit Nalic

    sana tingnan din yong mga bus company sa probinsiya

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