LTO bares 116 bus drivers positive of illegal drugs; MMDA wants ban on erring PUV drivers

Land Transportation Office (LTO) Director Clarence Guinto revealed that 116 bus drivers out of the 4,762 public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers were tested positive of illegal drugs.

Guinto, during the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs hearing on Tuesday, said that the random testing was done in the course of about seven months.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) wants PUV drivers with multiple traffic violations to be banned from driving to protect the riding public.

In a press conference on Monday, MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said, “We want the riding public to be out of danger and prohibiting habitual traffic offenders is one step to avoid road accidents.”

The MMDA has submitted 12,000 names of drivers with multiple apprehensions in February. Half of the 2,500 drivers responded to the show cause order.

According to Garcia, MMDA will wait for the LTO's guidelines for the drivers' apprehensions.

Garcia called on PUV operators “to exercise their authority and bar errant drivers” to ply national roads in Metro Manila while waiting for LTO's guidelines.

Garcia shared that MMDA is now going after private vehicle drivers and owners with more than three violations of the same traffic offense.