- Buses in the metro are often crowded and violate the overloading policy
- It is stated in the law that operators must observe the capacity indicated on the vehicle
- KAMI learned the amount of fine when operators violate this policy
Buses, most especially in the metro get jam packed during the rush hours. Most of the time, they exceed the supposedly capacity of the bus and people are trying to fit themselves inside even if it means they would be standing the entire time.
KAMI learned about the fine imposed to the bus operators whenever they get caught violating the “No Overloading Policy”. In a report by ABS-CBN News, according to Republic Act 4163 or Land Transportation and Traffic Code, operators should follow the indicated capacity of their bus.
“Ibig sabihin ito lang 'yung allowed mo na ikarga o isakay na pasahero. So kung labis ang cargo mo o ang sakay mo kasi hindi 'yun 'yung capacity mo, eh ikaw ay violating ka ng overloading,” said Atty. Claire Castro.
Besides violating the law, overloading buses could endanger the safety and lives of its passengers.
"Iyung gulong niyan kumbaga kaya mo lang i-carry 'yung tama mong load. So pag more than 'yung tire pumutok minsan masyadong heavy 'yung load," said Castro.
However, according the law implemented back in 1964, the fine for overloading is P100. Although if it happens again and again, it can lead to cancellation of franchise.
"Actually kung susundin natin 'yung batas noong 1964, P100 lang [ang penalty] kaya parang binabalewala. At feeling ko at the same time walang nanghuhuli... Kung paulit ulit kang nagba-violate, puwede kang matanggalan ng prangkisa o ma-suspend pa," Castro stated.
In a report by KAMI before, a photo went viral where passengers were seen lying down along the aisle of the bus just to comply with the No Overloading or No Standing policy of the LTFRB-7. However, the Cebu News Dail reported that those who will be violating the policy will face P5,000 fine.
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