LTFRB limits bus drivers’ time per trip to just six hours to prevent accidents

  • The LTFRB set a limit to the daily driving hours of public utility bus drivers to just 6 hours
  • A substitute driver should be on board for trips that will take more than six hours
  • The order takes effect on Sunday, April 9

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has set a limit to the driving time of bus drivers in order to prevent accidents due to “driver fatigue.”

As per a Philstar story, the LTFRB issued the Memorandum Circular 2017-012 on Friday, April 8, directing bus operators to assign alternate drivers who will take over driving duties after six hours. The directive takes effect Sunday, April 9.

 Bus conductors cannot act as alternate drivers.

“The conductor cannot be an alternate driver in order for him to provide continuous assistance to the passengers,” the memorandum said.

 LTFRB spokesperson and board member Aileen Lizada said in a radio interview that they will only allow bus drivers to a maximum of six hours to drive. A substitute driver must be on board for trips that will take more than six hours.

Violators face a P5,000 fine for the first offense; P10,000 and a 30-day suspension for the second offense; and a 60-day suspension for the third, Lizada warned.