Starting September, all public utility buses (PUB) in Manila, Philippines, will be required to install global positioning system (GPS) devices.
GPS devices must be obtained from suppliers accredited by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), and be installed under the supervision of the agency's personnel.
The deadlines for the adoption of GPS are as follows:
- Provincial buses entering Metro Manila: 31 January 2016
- Metro Manila city buses: 30 April 2016
- Inter-regional buses outside Metro Manila: 31 July 2016
- Intra-regional buses outside Metro Manila: 31 October 2016.
Bus operators who fail to install GPS devices will be fined PHP5,000 per unit. An additional penalty of PHP1,000 per unit per month will be imposed after a grace period of 30 days is granted from the end of the compliance period.
According to the LTFRB, the GPS device will enable the board to locate any PUB and monitor its speed via the unique ID assigned to each device. The speed limit for PUBs are 80km/h along expressways and 60km/h in urban areas.
"The board's main aim is to protect the safety of the riding public by regulating the speed limit of buses traversing our national roads and highways," said LTFRB chairman Winston Ginez. "With the use of technology, we believe we can modernise our transport system and provide the commuters with reliable, convenient and safe transportation services."
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