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Violations of the new bus line regulation will result in sanctions, according to the LTFRB.

On Wednesday, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) 11 (Davao region) issued a warning that the new bus operator guideline comes with penalties.

Several netizens shared photographs of bus drivers loading up people outside the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT), despite the fact that it had been announced that passengers should not be loaded outside the facility.

“This is new, but the operators have previously discussed it. We’ll start arresting people who break the law, and there will be consequences “Nonito Llanos III, Director of the LTFRB-11, told Davao City Disaster Radio.

According to Llanos, bus operators will be fined PHP5,000 for the first offense and PHP15,000 for the second offense.

Those who are detained for the third time may have their vehicles seized.

The order has been passed on to the Land Transportation Office and the Highway Patrol Group, according to him.

Task Force Davao had already issued a directive requiring bus companies to only load passengers at the DCOTT along the Ecoland area.

Col. Darren Comia, commander of Task Force Davao, justified the action as a precautionary measure following the May 26 bombing of a Yellow Bus Line unit in Koronadal City, South Cotabato, which injured two people.

“Our DCOTT is equipped with security and safety features to protect the safety and security of passengers and inhabitants in the city and nearby areas. We are providing this interim directive [until further notice] “Comia said.

However, he added that bus passengers could still get off at their desired locations in the city.

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