LTFRB preventively suspends Dimple Star's entire 118-unit fleet

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Metro Manila (CNN, Philippines) — Regulators issued a preventive suspension order for 118 units of Dimple Star bus on Thursday due to a number of violations and crashes.

A unit of the bus company figured in a crash on Tuesday in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro that killed 19 people, including the driver and conductor, and injured 21 others.

On Wednesday and Thursday, Land Transportation and Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) officials inspected Dimple Star's terminal in Bagong Lipunan ng Crame 4, Quezon City. They found out the bus company failed to comply with safety standards.

"The Board observed that the situation at the alleged terminal is pathetic without due regards to the safety and convenience of the riding public," the suspension order stated.

LTFRB initially suspended 10 buses of Dimple Star on Wednesday.

In the recent order, regulators required Dimple Star to surrender the license plates of all its buses by March 26. LTFRB notified the Land Transportation Office, Metro Manila Development Authority, Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group and other traffic enforcement agencies to apprehend Dimple Star buses on the road.