SUGGESTIONS are aplenty that the authorities, through concerned government offices and agencies, hit harder at the country’s “pasaway” or abusive drivers of public utility vehicles (PUVs).
Of course, they should, if they are to rid this impoverished Southeast Asian nation of more than 100 million election-crazy people of unscrupulous bus, jeep and taxicab drivers.
Aware of the situation, officials of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) have announced plans to impose stiffer penalties on hard-headed and “pasaway” PUV drivers.
LTFRB board member and spokesperson Aileen Lizada said the agency is looking into making “errant” public transport drivers face possible suspension and revocation of their driver’s license.
“Lahat po ng ating sanction ay sa operator, sa ilalim po ng Joint Administrative Order (JAO) na sa tingin namin ay hindi fair. Kasi kung pasaway ang driver, ang pinagbabayad ay operator,” said Lizada.
Lizada lamented that the erring PUV driver “lilipat lang ng ibang kumpanya at hindi natuturuan ng leksyon, kaya gusto ng ahensiya ang stiffer penalties sa pasaway na driver.”
Under the plan, an errant driver faces a three-month suspension of his driver’s license for the first offense, six-month suspension for the second offense, and revocation of the driver’s license for the third offense.
Lizada assured the commuting public that the government is doing everything to discipline the country’s PUV drivers, including the so-called “isnabero at bastos na drayber.”
But Lizada was quick to remind the people of their duty to report to the agency, through its social media accounts, the “errant behavior” of taxi, jeep and bus drivers.
Hindi titigil ang pang-aabuso kung mananatili tayong bulag at bingi sa mga katarantaduhan ng mga pasaway na drayber.