LTFRB to hold live demo on GPS devices before a Quezon City court

MANILA — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is set to hold a live demo on the global positioning system (GPS) devices for buses with the representatives from the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (QC-RTC) next week.

This was after the QCRTC ordered an ocular inspection of the GPS servers and for the Board to show the system via live demonstration at 1 p.m. on May 17. 1:00 pm.

“We still have to show the system via live demo Tuesday next week,” LTFRB Chairman Atty. Winston Ginez said via text message.

The QCRTC last month issued a 20-day temporary restraining order (TRO) against the Board memorandum to install GPS devices in buses.

The TRO was issued on the basis of a complaint filed by transport group Provincial Bus Operators Association of the Philippines (PBOAP) which claimed that the memorandum was set without any research or study.

LTFRB filed a motion for reconsideration (MR) with motion to dissolve TRO stressing that the Board has the authority to issue regulations requiring bus operators to equip their buses with devices, equipment and facilities that promote the safety, comfort and convenience of passengers.

Ginez said that GPS devices allow bus riders and the general public to track any bus along its route, on the internet and on smartphones therefore promotes their safety.

He meanwhile expressed hope that the QCRTC reaches a favorable decision to allow the installation of GPS which is also meant to increase the Board‘s capabilities to monitor buses.

Moreover, he said that GPS devices were expected to minimize road risk, as the device could help the LTFRB check if a bus was within the speed limit and on its proper route based on the approved franchise. Azer Parrocha/PNA/