LTFRB 7 No faulty brakes driver lied?

Posted on October 30, 2012

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There were no visible signs of brake failure in the Jegans bus that crashed in Toledo City last Saturday evening, results of a joint government inspection showed yesterday.

“There was no discharge of brake fluid that would cause the brake drum to explode,” said Regional Director Ahmed Cuizon of the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board in Central Visayas (LTFRB-7).

He visited the site with the Land Transportation Offfice.LTO).

The disclosure came even as Rep. Pablo Garcia of Cebu’s 3rd district questioned the LTFRB-7’s order to suspend only four buses of the Jegans fleet owned by former congressman Antonio Yapha.

The inspection was done with another team from the Land Transportation Office (LTO– 7).

Cuizon said the inspection results contradicted the claim of bus driver Allan Pastidio who said the brakes malfunctione, causing him to lose control of the bus as it went downhill on Don Andres Soriano Street past 7 p.m.

Seven passengers were killed and 43 were wounded when the bust rammed a concrete fence and fell on its side.

The bus will be further inspected by the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (Tesda).

Cuizon who inspected the road leading to the crash site noted that road signs warning motorists to SLOW DOWN, ACCIDENT PRONE AREA” were covered by plants making them difficult to see especially at night.
He pulled down some branches.

“These signs must be cleared from any obstructions,” Cuizon said.

He said two or more road signs should be set up there.
Cuizon said drivers traversing the roads from barangay Uling, Naga city to Toledo City experience more winding roads with gradual slopes.

The crash site was the same spot where a Corominas-owned VJ &A bus sped downhill and slammed a concrete fence, killing 15 passengers and wounding 65 others last July 4, 2010.

LTO-7 Regional Director Raul Aguilos reminded public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers including their operators to always be alert when passing thorugh the area as part of their routine.

Aguilos also said all Jegans bus units will undergo a road worthiness test during the 30-day investigation.
Drug tests and seminars will also be administered to drivers and conductors.

At the Capitol, Garcia said unlike previous bus accidents, last Saturday’s crash marked the only time when only a few buses and not the entire fleet were grounded. 

“Is it because the policies have been interpreted “liberally’? Meaning if the owner is a member of the Liberal Party, there are different rules?,” Garcia said.

Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia said the Capitol will continue to assist the injured passengers and the seven casualties through their Provincial Social Welfare and Development (PSWD) Office. 

She told bus operators to remind their drivers to always exercise caution and check on the maintenance of their buses with the holidays coming up. /Joy Cherry S. Quito and Carmel Loise Matus

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