MANILA- Tricycles should not be used as school services given the dangers students may be exposed to when riding the vehicle on major roads, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said Friday.
LTFRB Board Member Aileen Lizada called on the Metro Manila Council through the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority not to allow tricycles to be used as school shuttle.
“Sana ang mga LGU huwag nilang payagan ang mga tricycles as a school bus... they’re not allowed in national highways,” she said.
(I hope local government units don't allow tricycles to function as school buses...they're not allowed in national highways.)
Lizada said they will formally discuss the proposed ban during LTFRB's meeting with the Metro Manila Council on June 22.
At present, the LTFRB has begun its nationwide inspection on school bus services which should have "front-facing" seats and not "side-facing" like those of traditional jeepneys.
Units must also sport a chevron or V sign, painted yellow, and must be equipped with a fire extinguisher and seat belts.
“The school bus franchise is open. It is not covered by a moratorium,” Lizada said.
Aside from an LTFRB franchise, a school bus operator must also get an accreditation letter from the school or the parents-teachers association.