MANILA — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) issued preventive suspension order (PSO) of not more than 30 days the operations of a total of 16 buses of Victory Liner Inc. when one of its units figured in a fatal road accident recently.
The accident happened around 11:50 a.m. on September 21, when a Victory Liner bus with plate number CXL-581 collided with a 14-wheeler truck along NLEX Toll Service Facility, Shell Acli, Barangay Acli, in Mexico, Pampanga. The incident resulted in the death of the conductor of the bus and injuries to 22 passengers.
LTFRB chairman Atty. Winston Ginez said. “Due to this unfortunate incident, we have no recourse but to suspend other units of Victory Liner with the same route and have them subjected for thorough inspection.”
Under the PSO, the Board has grounded 16 bus units of Victory Liner plying the Sta. Cruz, Zambales – Pasay City route via SCTEX and vice versa in its terminal at 713 Rizal Ave., Extension, Caloocan City. LTFRB personnel will confiscate the for hire plates of the said units on September 29.
Within 30 days, the bus company must bring the five units to the Motor Vehicle Inspection Service (MVIS) of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) for inspection and determination of their road worthiness before they are again allowed to operate.
The drivers of the units will likewise undergo Road Safety Seminar conducted by the Board or authorized training centers.
The operator of the bus company is given 72 hours to Show Cause in writing from the receipt of the order why their Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC) should not be suspended, cancelled and/or revoked for violation of the terms and conditions of its franchise.
Representatives of Victory Liner Inc. must also appear at the hearing of the case set on October 7, 2014 at the Board’s office.