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Monthly wage mulled
for bus drivers: DOLE

The Department of Labor and Employment will soon come out with a policy statement on monthly compensation for bus drivers that will help improve road safety by putting less pressure on them to take more trips in a day, a government press release said.

After the road accident along Commonwealth Avenue that led to the death of UP Professor Chit Estella-Simbulan in May this year, officials from DOLE and other government agencies conducted a bus terminal inspection to find out the working conditions of passenger bus drivers.

The inspection team wanted to find out what motivates drivers to drive so speedily, so recklessly, in disregard of speed limits, the press release said.

The government agencies discovered that more than 90 percent of bus drivers worked under a commission-based compensation scheme.

The scheme apparently put pressure on bus drivers to take more trips in a day, which prompted the DOLE to come up with studies on compensation scheme for bus drivers, the press release said.

A policy statement similar to that for the construction industry could be implemented immediately without having to wait for a legislation to be passed by Congress, it added.

Part of proposed policy may be a provision where bonuses or their incentives will not be triggered by the number of trips that they take, but by something better like…their record in terms of road safety…and record of apprehensions, the press release said.*

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