LTFRB to file appeal on TRO vs. GPS installation in buses

By on April 28, 2016


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MANILA—The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is set to file a motion for reconsideration this week to the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (QC-RTC) after the latter issued a 20-day temporary restraining order (TRO) to the Board memorandum to install global-positioning system (GPS) devices in buses.

The TRO was issued on the basis of a complaint filed by transport group Provincial Bus Operators Association of the Philippines (PBOAP) which argued that the Board memorandum was set without any research or study.

PBOAP questioned the GPS devices´ effectiveness saying that it will not prevent overspeeding since the GPS device can only track the PUB’s location and that it will also reduce the number of buses on the road.

LTFRB Chairman Atty. Winston Ginez earlier said that the installation of GPS devices on all units will increase the agency’s capabilities to monitor buses.

Ginez said that it is also expected to minimize road risk, as the device can help the LTFRB check if a bus is within the speed limit and on its proper route based on the approved franchise.

Last February, the Board gave provincial buses entering Metro Manila until April 30 to install GPS devices on their units after the initial list of GPS providers was released early February.

There are four providers that have passed the first testing procedures conducted by the Board, the Department of Science and Technology Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI) and the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

These are New Culture Transport, distributor of M-Rex Tracker; Vectras, distributor of Vectras; American Technology Inc., distributor of Atrack; and Unitrack, distributor of Unitrack.

In March, the Board gave a nod to three more GPS providers namely ITCD, distributor of Tramigo; Trackstar, distributor of Tstar; and Journeytech Inc., distributor of Mark.

Supposedly, as soon as all provincial buses entering Metro Manila have their GPS devices installed by April 30, Metro Manila buses will follow and have their GPS devices installed from May 1 to Aug. 30, 2016.

Inter-regional buses not entering Metro Manila have from Sept. 1 to Dec. 31 to install their GPS devices, while intra-regional buses have from Jan. 1 to April 30, 2017.