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All public utility bus operators required to install GPS device.

All public utility bus (PUB) operators are required to install global positioning system (GPS) device on all their units in line with the Land Transportation and Regulatory Board's (LTFRB) goal of modernizing public transportation services and promoting road safety.

Before the GPS devices are installed, bus operators must strictly adhere to LTFRB's registration procedures. Only GPS devices procured from the LTFRB's accredited providers can be enrolled or registered.

The installation of the device will only be done by the accredited provider under the supervision of the LTFRB personnel. Once physically installed on the unit, the device provider will set up the GPS using a software application to activate the GPS using a password.

Using a unique identification (ID) assigned to the device, the GPS will be able to send data to GPS log server that would enable the LTFRB to determine the unit's exact location and if it is maintaining the prescribed speed limit.

The current speed limit along expressways is 80 kilometers (km) per hour, while in urban areas the speed limit is 60 km per hour.

LTFRB chairman Atty Winston Ginez stressed that regulating the speed limit of buses would protect the safety of the riding public. "With the use of the latest innovative technology, we believe we can modernize our transport system and provide the commuters with reliable, convenient and safe transportation services," said Atty. Ginez.

The UP National Center for Transportation Studies (UP-NCTS) Road Safety Research Laboratory's study on the speed control of PUBs revealed that road accident severity is very much related to speeds of colliding vehicles attributed to driver's practice of tailgating and miscalculation of speed.

Ginez said that with a GPS device installed on PUBs, it allows bus operators to determine if their drivers are following their authorized routes. It also enables them to quickly send a replacement unit to transport passengers in the event the unit encountered mechanical failure while on the road.

Bus operators who fail to install GPS device will be penalized P5,000 per unit. An additional penalty of P1,000 per unit per month will be imposed after a grace period of 30 days is granted from the end of the compliance period.

The LTFRB will also penalize operators or drivers found tampering the GPS device from P5,000 for first offense, P10,000 for second offense and P15,000 for third and subsequent offenses including suspension of their certificate of public convenience (CPC) for 30 days.

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