LTFRB Is Pilot Testing GPS In Buses To Monitor Speed

Passenger Bus Runs Over And Crushes A Gray Toyota Vios Along EDSA

Apparently, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) plans to select bus units to run a pilot test on by installing a global positioning system (GPS) device that will help them monitor and regulate the speed of public buses, according to news reports.

This is in response to countless accidents that involve public utility buses plying national roads and highways, resulting in fatalities and injuries. 

The report also says that the LTFRB will conduct the pilot testing in the second quarter of 2015.

According to the report, under the scheme, passenger buses will be installed with a GPS device and communication system that will help the agency track the buses’s speed, by continuously sending speed and location data to the control center.

The current speed limit along expressways is 80 kilometers per hour (kph), while the speed limit in cities is 60 kph.

As soon as the GPS device exceeds the speed limit, the bus will be automatically tagged as speeding. Meanwhile, bus passengers can also reportedly track the bus’ real-time speed through an on-screen display system installed in the bus.

The report also says that LTFRB hopes that this scheme will help promote road safety among its motorists.

What do you think of this? Do you think this new project by the LTFRB will be effective?