• LTFRB probe dug up the age of the bus in deadly Tanay accident
• It found out the bus was actually 29 years old but was listed as manufactured only in 2004
• Board chairman said accident highlights need for phaseout of old public utility vehicles
MANILA, Philippines – It would have been 30 years old next year.
In the aftermath of the deadly crash in Tanay which claimed the lives of 15 people, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) discovered that the bus which figured in the accident had been manufactured in 1988; making it 29 years old.
This was contrary to its 2004 model year listed in its registry documents at the Land Transportation Office.
“This appears to be a different chassis and different engine put together in one bus,” “The production date for both, the year is 1988, so this is a 29-year-old bus,” Board Member Aileen Lizada told GMA News.
A bus’ model year is often based on the year it was imported, not on its manufacturing date — a common practice which hides its real age.
According to LTFRB Chair Martin Delgra, the accident all the more highlights the need to phase out aging public utility vehicles and modernize the public transportation system.
“Yung nangyari na trahedya is because the bus that was used was very old. And it’s one more reason why we need to modernize our public transportation system,” he said.
The Department of Transportation earlier announced a phaseout plan for buses older than 15 years — a move upheld by the Court of Appeals as legal.
The owner of the bus, Panda Coach, along with Harana Tours which subcontracted their services, will be summoned by the regulatory body to explain their side.