April 12, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will issue special permits for buses that will allow them to ply outside their regular routes during election week.
LTFRB board member Ariel Inton Jr. on Monday said the issuance of the special bus permits will accommodate the flock of passengers going to provinces, where they are registered voters.
“We expect more bus passengers to travel to the provinces, where they are registered voters this presidential election,” he said.
Inton noted that the period in filing applications for the permits for the May 9 elections would be from April 18 to 30.
He said the permits will only be given to applicants who comply with the board’s requirements, including safety rules.
Pursuant to LTFRB Memorandum Circular 2015-008, he said the duration of special permit would be two days before and after elections or from May 7 to May 11.
As soon as the validity of the special permit expires, Inton said bus drivers and operators should immediately return to their respective routes.
He said the LTFRB will conduct inspection in different routes to make sure that bus firms, who violated the provisions of the special permits, would be penalized accordingly.
Inton said the board would not think twice in penalizing offenders.
Under the Joint Administrative Order (JAO) 2014-001, he said bus companies that are caught operating out of line will be fined P1 million and required to surrender the license plates of their units.