LTFRB wants GPS on all public buses

The Land Transformation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) planned to implement a global positioning system(GPS) on all public utility buses in the Philippines.

The Board planned to require the said buses to install GPS devices as a facility that will help authorities to track the locations of these buses. The device will also enable the authorities to impose and monitor their speed limits.

The Board had already met with GPS providers and suppliers where they had discussed the technical parameters and other requirements needed for the effective and efficient installation of the devices. Included in their discussion was an orientation on how to obtain an accreditation to supply the GPS to the bus operators in the country. This means that operators of public utility buses are allowed to avail the GPS devices only from the Board’s accredited suppliers.

The Board’s Spokesperson Mary Ann Salada told the Philippines News Agency that the rules for accreditation of GPS Suppliers are still under public consultation. LTFRB Chair Winston Ginez said that the GPS system will enable the board to impose the required speed limits on buses which will eventually provide a safe trip for all of the commuters. It will also enable the authorities to gain an unprecedented view on the congested roads of the country.

Another part of the discussion was a consideration of GPS devices with a LED-based On Screen Display or the so-called “OSD” which will allow the passengers to monitor some details such as the actual speed of the buses and their locations.

GPS companies are expected to submit their comments until September 19 and a consultation meeting with the public utility bus companies has been set on September 23 of this year.

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