332 Buses Given Special Permits to Ply Provincial Routes During Undas

332 Buses Given Special Permits to Ply Provincial Routes During Undas -- The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board awarded special permits to more than 300 buses to ply popular provincial routes during Undas (All Saints' and All Souls' Days). At the moment, 500 more applications are still pending for approval, according to a dzBB report on Tuesday.
The said special permits were issued on October 25 and will be recalled on November 5. This is to give time to people coming from the provinces to visit their departed loved ones.

The move according to LTFRB chairman Jaime Jacob would help meet the demand for transportation as Filipinos flock to their homes in the provinces for the holiday.

Police and other assigned authorities have been inspecting buses and terminals to ensure safe travel and bus units' roadworthiness.

Short notes: I am not so sure how the authorities conducted the approval system specially the data used as basis in the decision process. But definitely, they could have used previous years' provincial trip records for passenger demand prediction. Also, this "roadworthiness" thing could have been a not-so-tedious part of the process if it has been a strict and integral part of any bus units / franchise application and approval. Well, it could be in the current process but the weight should have been lighter.

On the side note, if you are in the Metro to observe the holiday, make sure to know this Manila Traffic Routes for All Saints Day 2012 released by the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

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