Grace says LTO should take the blame for failing to monitor unfit truck drivers
Senator Grace Poe on Sunday (June 18) said the Land Transportation Office has to take the blame for failing to ensure that only fit and capable drivers were allowed to take the wheel of trucks, buses and other public vehicles.
Poe made the call following Saturday’s accident in Taytay, Rizal where a 10-wheeler truck plowed into a row of stores and tricycle terminal, which at least five and injured 19 pedestrians.
“Hindi maaaring ipaubaya ang manibela ng truck sa isang walang sapat na kasanayan dahil nakita natin sa naganap na ito sa Taytay ang laki ng pinsalang maidudulot kapag may nagkamali,” she said in a statement.
“Nakakagalit ang pag-araro ng truck na ikinamay ng hindi bababa sa limang katao, kabilang na ang isang walang muwang na bata. Hindi ito basta isang aksidente lamang kung hindi kapabayaan sa pagmimintina ng sasakyan,” Poe said.
The chair of the Senate committee on public services likewise urged the owner of the trailer truck to assume responsibility over the incident.
“Nanawagan tayo sa may-ari ng trucking service na harapon ang kanilang responsibilidad at tulungan ang mga naging biktima sa panahong ito ng kanilang pangangailangan. Lubos po tayong nakikiramay sa lahat ng naulila,” she said.
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