61 PUV drivers, conductors test positive for marijuana, shabu use — PDEA
MANILA, Philippines — A total of 61 public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers and conductors tested positive for illegal drug use out of over 4,000 drivers who underwent random drug-screening nationwide on Friday under ‘Oplan Harabas,’ the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) reported on Saturday.
“There is no doubt that there is a prevailing practice of drug use among the public transport driving population to keep awake while behind the wheel,” PDEA director-general Wilkins Villanueva said in a statement.
PDEA said of the 61 PUV drivers who tested positive for shabu and marijuana use during the drug tests conducted in major terminals, 20 were tricycle drivers; 10 were jeepney drivers; 11 were bus drivers, seven were van drivers, seven were tricycle drivers, five were conductors, and one dispatcher.
Those who tested positive for illegal drugs will not be allowed to travel, the PDEA said.
The PDEA added that the drivers’ licenses of those who tested positive for drug use were also confiscated by the Land Transportation Office. They must also undergo appropriate intervention and reformation programs to be provided by their respective local Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils before their licenses are returned.
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