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Bus crash triggers audit of PUBs

A special audit of the more than 400,000 public utility bus units nationwide will take place soon following the Skway crash  of a Don Mariano Transit bus that left 18 dead and scores injured on Monday.

Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board  will conduct the audit in a move intended to ensure that PUVs are roadworthy and meet state-imposed safety requirements.

LTFRB chairman Winston Ginez said the board will seek the assistance of the members of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants   to conduct   the audit of all public utility vehicles plying the national roads.

 Since the board has only 400 personnel nationwide,  it will need more manpower to complete the special audit, Ginez said.

“The current ratio is 1:10,000  and thus it  take sometime to complete the audit. As a member of the Picpa, I will seek the help of my fellow CPAs to help us in effectively auditing these PUVs,” he said.

The audit was one of the steps undertaken by the board to enhance the safety measures in making PUBs/PUVs roadworthy.

“The Don Mariano crash has strengthened our desire to implement a policy especially on the speed limit of the city buses. The board is now in talks with suppliers of speed-limiting devices since earlier this year. We will not hesitate to use an iron  fist to implement this. We will make this a top prioity as we review ou rules and regulations next year,” Ginez said.

Meanwhile, the board is scheduled to hear the case of Don Mariano Transit on Jan. 7, 2014 to determine if its franchise should  be suspended, revoked or suspended for violating the terms and conditions of its franchise.

“We have to follow rules and regulations that said we can not suspend the franchise of Don Mariano Transit without due process,” Ginez said.

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