LAKAS-CHRISTIAN Muslim Democrats (CMD) President Martin Romualdez yesterday urged transport officials to ensure that public complaints against abusive drivers of public utility vehicles (PUVs) during the Christmas shopping and gift-giving rush which will peak this month are addressed with dispatch.
“Commuters traffic woe are compounded by abusive drivers of taxis, buses and jeepneys who deserve to be penalized for various infractions of the rules governing the operations of public utility vehicles,” said Romualdez, a congressional candidate and a three-term Leyte congressman, in calling for the concerned government agencies to act firmly on the expected complaints brought by holidays.
Romualdez, a lawyer and president of the Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa), said the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) should review their previous records about the complaints of erring taxi drivers.
Some of the usual complaints include taxi drivers who refuse to convey passengers, drivers who have showed rude behavior and drivers who have overcharged passengers.
He said drivers of buses and jeepneys are also guilty of overspeeding, which threaten the safety of passengers and even led to a number of fatal accidents.
“The LTFRB, LTO (Land Transportation Office), MMDA (Metro Manila Development Authority) as well as the PNP (Philippine National Police) should work closely with one another so that the drivers of PUVs adhere to traffic rules and regulations. They should throw the book at repeat offenders so that the riding public can be amply protected from abusive and homicidal drivers of PUVs,” said Romualdez.