Transport groups call it a phaseout, not modernization.
Many who drive public utility vehicles (PUV) have at least three reckless imprudence complaints against them but they are still able to drive, former Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Board Member Ariel Inton said in an interview with VERA Files last year.
“There is a scarcity of qualified professional drivers in public transportation,” Inton added.
Never formally educated in driving, most PUV drivers often break road rules, causing traffic congestion and road crashes. They put pedestrians’ and commuters’ lives at risk.
To address this problem, the LTFRB will be implementing a driver’s academy this May.
Road Safety Journalism Fellow Miguel Dumaual aired a two-part series on ABS-CBN’s Bandila on how LTFRB will implement the program.
This story was produced under the Bloomberg Initiative Global Road Safety Media Fellowship implemented by the World Health Organization, Department of Transportation and VERA Files.