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4 prov’l bus drivers tested positive for illegal drugs

April 3, 2023 Jun I. Legaspi 280 views

LAND Transportation Office (LTO) Chief Jay Art Tugade conducted a random inspection on two major bus terminals in Metro Manila to ensure the road worthiness of passenger buses heading towards provinces.

LTO Chief Tugade first went to the Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) and one of the buses they inspected was not allowed to travel for having worn-out tires and faulty brake lights.

“Sinabihan po natin ang bus company na magpadala ng pamalit na bus na roadworthy at yung may tamang papeles dahil mahaba po ang biyahe sa lalawigan at kailangang nasisigurong ligtas ang pagbiyahe nito para sa kapakanan ng mga pasahero,” LTO Chief Tugade said.

Aside from inspecting the road worthiness of buses, the drivers and conductors were also subjected to breathalyzer test and random drug test to ensure they are in proper condition when conveying passengers to their point of destination.

From more than 80 drivers and conductors tested for drugs at the PITX, three tested positive and will undergo confirmatory tests. Their driver’s licenses were confiscated and they were penalized for violating Section 5 of Republic Act 10586 (Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2015). None of the drivers tested positive for being drunk or having consumed alcohol.

Afterwards, LTO Chief Tugade proceeded to the Araneta Bus Terminal in Cubao, Quezon City to also conduct random drug tests on about 60 bus drivers and conductors. One of them tested positive for illegal drug use.

“Tuluy-tuloy ang magiging pagtutok ng puwersa ng LTO sa buong bansa sa kaligtasan ng mga bibiyahe hindi lamang ng mga pampubliko kundi maging ng mga pribadong sasakyan. Hindi po mapapagod ang ahensya na paulit-ulit na magpa-alala sa ating mga kababayan na buhay ang maliligtas kung lahat po tayo ay maingat sa kalsada at sumusunod sa mga batas-trapiko,” said LTO Chief Tugade.

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