MMDA says female drivers more safety-conscious, may offer "no coding" perk to bus operators who hire more of them


Saksi report

 

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is considering offering incentives, such as exemption to the color coding scheme to bus operators who have an equal number of male and female drivers, reports Saksi. The news comes after reports of the MMDA’s proposal to hire more female bus drivers, who are supposedly "more safety-conscious," according to MMDA Chair Francis Tolentino. Saksi said the MMDA is aware it cannot impose their proposal to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), thus, the agency is thinking of offering perks.

The MMDA has written to the LTFRB, asking them to encourage bus companies to have 50 percent female drivers and 50 percent male ones, Saksi reported yesterday. The LTFRB will consult with the bus drivers regarding the issue.

Citing U.S. scientific studies, Tolentino said in an Inquirer.net report published Sunday, "(Female) drivers would give (operators) less headaches because they are more safety-conscious... (They) wear seatbelts... (and) are seldom involved in fatal accidents." He added that it would be ideal to have women fill in 50 percent of the slots for drivers "or better yet, 100 percent." In a GMANews.tv report, he said men can work as bus conductors.

The issue is currently a hot topic on Twitter. ABS-CBN reporter TJ Manotoc Tweeted, "mahirap mag-generalize based on a study. Better give all drivers a quantifiable test (with clear parameters) each when they apply para regardless of gender - magaling at maingat kung magaling at maingat... each human being is unique in our skills. it’s so medieval to base it purely on gender in this day and age."

For more on this story, log on to Inquirer.net and GMANews.tv.

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