Yesterday (Friday), the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) demanded six bus companies to explain why they shouldn’t be disfranchised for apparently leaving hundreds of stranded passengers in their Pampanga terminals.
Executive Director of the LTFRB Maria Kristina Cassion said that Victory Liner Inc., Bataan Transit Bus Co., Five Star Bus Co., First North Luzon Transit Inc., and Maria De Leon Transit have already received their show cause orders. Genesis Transport Service Inc. was the only company to not receive the show cause order because at the time it was being served their office in Makati was closed.
It’s stated in the show cause order that the regional office of the LTFRB in Central Luzon found hundreds of passengers stranded in the bus terminals in Mabalacat, Mexico, and the City of San Fernando because no buses were available.
The order further states that the bus companies, who are grantees of the certificate of public convenience (CPC) to operate public utility bus services, have to explain why their CPC should not be revoked or suspended for alleged violations of the CPC’s terms and conditions.
The 6 bus companies are given five days from receipt of the copy of the show cause order to file their answers and are required to attend an online hearing of the LTRFB on May 9, 2022.
Apparently, the reason for the failure to provide buses was because of the new “window hours” scheme announced by the MMDA just a few days ago.