Road mishaps

December 7, 2023 People's Tonight 128 views

ADMITTEDLY, deadly vehicular accidents across the Philippines still worry concerned government authorities and the riding public.

In the past, many of these mishaps involved public utility vehicles (PUVs), like buses and jeepneys, according to government records.

Last Tuesday, a bus plunged into an 18-meter cliff in Hamtic town in Antique, killing 17 people, including the driver and the conductor.

And the accident has thrust outfront the need to intensify the government’s regular road worthiness inspection of public utility buses (PUBs).

Under the scheme, highly-trained personnel of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) conduct the inspection at bus terminals across the country.

Thus, we commend LTO Chief Vigor D. Mendoza II for ordering his regional directors and district office heads to intensify the inspection of PUBs.

Not only that. Likewise, the LTO top honcho directed the strict enforcement of the agency’s “No Registration, No Travel Policy.”

Various quarters described the twin orders as timely since people are expected to travel throughout the country during the holiday season.

As well-meaning Filipinos, we cannot overemphasize the importance of strictly implementing Mendoza’s orders for the benefit of the people.

There’s really that urgent need to ensure the safety of motorists, passengers, pedestrians and even persons living along roads and highways.