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LTFRB suspends permits of 15 Nova Auto Transport buses after QC accident

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MANILA - The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has barred 15 buses of Nova Auto Transport from operating for a month after one of its units was involved in an accident in Quezon City last Saturday.

In a text message, LTFRB chairman Winston Ginez said the agency issued an order placing 15 buses of Nova Auto under preventive suspension for 30 days.

Nova Auto has 66 bus units. Data from LTFRB show that Nova Auto is among the bus firms with the most number of fatal accidents in the recent past.

At least 44 people were hurt in a three bus smash-up along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City involving units of Nova Auto, Safeway Bus and Marikina Autoline Bus.

Ginez said the LTFRB enforcement team today will confiscate the for hire and yellow plates of Nova Auto's 15 buses at its garage in Novaliches, Quezon City.

A random audit by the LTFRB last month showed that Nova Auto, a sister-company of Don Mariano Transport Corp, has been operating a number of unregistered buses, also called 'colorum' units.

LTFRB similarly suspended Don Mariano after one of its buses crashed through the railing of the Skyway and fell on a delivery truck below, killing 21 people and injuring 24 others.

Early this month, the LTFRB cancelled GV Florida Transport Inc's franchise for 10 of its bus units plying the Manila-Sagada-Bontoc route following the February 7 fatal crash of one of its vehicles in Mt. Province, killing 15 people including comedian Arvin Jimenez a.k.a. Tado. 

LTFRB also cancelled the certificate of public convenience given to Elena Liner and MGP Trans. Both bus operators figured in a fatal accident along Edsa in Pasay City last year.