MANILA — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has recorded a total of 17 bus drivers and conductors positive for shabu or marijuana during its random drug testing conducted this week.
According to the LTFRB, there were a total of 600 bus drivers and conductors tested. Only 17 failed the tests and were not allowed to carry passengers to their respective provinces on All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
Random drug tests were done in Philtranco Pasay Terminal, Araneta Cubao Terminal, among other bus terminals in the metro.
The Board however said confirmatory tests are still ongoing.
Upon violation of the Anti-Drug and Drugged Driving Act 2013 (R.A. 10586), these drivers and conductors, after being investigated at Land Transportation Office’s (LTO) Law Enforcement Sectio will be brought to Office of City Prosecutor.
Penalty for driving a vehicle under the influence of dangerous drugs without injury is punishable by three months’ worth of imprisonment and fine Php 20, 000 to Php 80, 000.
Upon apprehension, the driver’s professional license will also be confiscated and perpetually revoked for the first conviction.
The operator of the vehicle driven by the offender, on the other hand, will be directly and principally held liable together with the offender for the fine and damages.
LTFRB began inspection of bus terminals and buses on Monday. Azer N. Parrocha/PNA