LTFRB exec hopes next admin implements harsher penalties on hit-and-run cases

MANILA — A transport official on Monday said that he is counting on the next administration to implement stiffer penalties for erring public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers involved in hit-and-run cases and reckless imprudence resulting to homicide.

Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) board member Atty. Ariel Inton expressed optimism that this can be done under the leadership of presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte.

Inton said that he believed Duterte could provide “safe and clean” public transport in Metro Manila just like in Davao City.

He also noted that if more PUV drivers begin to follow traffic rules and regulations this would greatly benefit public transport modernization.

In April, Inton also raised the possibility of imposing a three-strike rule that bans drivers from posting bail once a PUV driver has been charged for reckless imprudence resulting to death for the third time.

He also urged courts not to dismiss cases whenever private complainants decide to desist from the hearing as this is one reason why drivers “do not feel threatened by the filing of reckless imprudence cases.”

Duterte earlier vowed to revive death penalty by hanging for heinous crimes particularly drugs, rape, murder and robbery and shoot-to-kill orders for organized criminals

The presumptive president said that he plans to appoint former San Beda classmate and lawyer-businessman Arthur Tugade as the next Secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

Inton said Tugade was a “brilliant choice” for transport secretary.

“What is important is he has the complete trust and confidence of Pres. Duterte and can accomplish what he envisioned for the transport sector,” the LTFRB official said. Azer Parrocha/ PNA/