300 PUV drivers in central Luzon undergo surprise drug tests
Some 300 drivers of public utility vehicles (PUVs) in the provinces of Pampanga, Bulacan and Zambales were forced to take drug tests by surprise to ensure the safety of the driving public during Holy Week.
Under “Oplan Harabas 2022”, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Region 3, in conjunction with the Land Transportation and Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB)-Central Luzon, Land Transportation Office Region 3 (LTO3), Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) and Local Government Units (LGU), carried out the simultaneous mandatory drug test for PUV drivers at transport terminals.
According to PDEA Region 3 Director Bryan Babang, the drug tests took place at Dau Integrated Bus Terminal, Robinsons bus terminal in Pampanga; Muzon Terminal in Bulacan and Subic Municipality Public Terminal in Zambales.
“This is a simultaneous surprise mandatory drug test for all drivers at public terminals across the country aimed at ensuring the safety of passengers of drugged drivers and at the same time promoting a drug-free public transportation system. nationwide,” Babang said in a Philippine News Agency report.
A total of 2,000 PUV drivers in the region are targeted for ongoing drug testing.
Drivers who test positive for illicit drugs will not be permitted to use their routes and will have their licenses confiscated.
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