LTFRB 7 wants drivers of bus firm to undergo drug tests

Published November 1, 2020, 6:03 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY—Following the series of road accidents involving buses belonging to a large Visayan transportation firm, drivers of the bus company will be asked to undergo drug tests.

Eduardo Montealto Jr., regional director of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Central Visayas (LTFRB 7), said at least 300 drivers of Ceres Liner will take the test that will be conducted by the Land Transportation Office in Region 7 (LTO 7).

Those who will flunk the test will not be allowed to drive, Montealto said.

Last Saturday morning, a man riding a bicycle was killed after a Ceres bus ran over him in Consolacion town, northern Cebu.

The same bus firm was involved in another accident in Mandaue City last Friday afternoon when a bicycle rider was killed after he was sideswiped and also run over by a Ceres bus.

Last October 25, several people were injured after a Ceres bus collided with an ambulance in uptown Cebu City.

These road accidents involving Ceres bus will be discussed in separate meetings with officials of the Vallacar Transit Inc., operator of Ceres buses, and the concerned drivers, Montealto said.

Montealto said officials of the bus company will be asked to explain why their certificate of public convenience should not be cancelled.