RANDOM DRUG TESTS ON DRIVERS IN TAXI TERMINALS UP

MANILA –Transport authorities on Friday started to conduct random drug tests on taxi drivers right at the taxi terminals following a rise in the number of cases of violent drivers.

Screenings began at 6 a.m. Friday at the Ran-Gen Transport taxi terminal in Tondo, Manila, according to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

LTFRB conducted screenings in coordination with its concerned agency, the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

LTFRB board member Atty. Ariel Inton told the Philippines News Agency that as of posting time, only two drivers of the 164 screened were tested positive for drugs.

Inton has meanwhile expressed interest to pursue a review in the transport system’s current orders and memorandum circulars.

He pointed out that such reviews involve the selection and supervision of the drivers by the operators since the burden of the driver’s actions are always rippled down to the operators who grant the franchises.

While operators do not tolerate their drivers to do illegal acts, Inton said that a review in the so-called “boundary system” should also be done immediately.

He said that committing these illegal acts all “boils down to the fact that the driver wants to earn more” especially in heavy traffic situations. Azer Parrocha/PNA / northboundasia.com