Ang 3 bus companies na na pinatawan ng LTFRB ng preventive suspension matapos ang malagim na Atimonan accident noong Sabado na kumitil sa buhay ng dalawampu. (UNTV News)
MANILA, Philippines — Pinatawan ng Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) ng 30-day preventive suspension ang tatlong bus company na sangkot sa malagim na Atimonan accident noong Sabado na kumitil sa buhay ng dalawampu.
Ayon kay LTFRB Chairman Atty. Winston Ginez, pansamantalang sususpindihin ang 35 units ng Super Lines, 6 units ng Isarog Bus Line at 20 units ng Del Monte Land Transport Bus Company (DLTBCO).
Bibigyan naman ng pagkakataon ang mga bus company na makapag-sumite ng kanilang paliwanag hinggil sa insidente.
“Bibigyan natin sila ng pagkakataon na mag-submit sila ng kanilang sasakyan na involve at lahat ng unit nila under the franchise.”
Kailangang i-surrender ng naturang mga kumpanya ang lahat ng mga yellow plates ng mga bus na kasama sa suspensyon.
“Kapag na i-served namin ang kanilang preventive suspension ay kailangan nilang i-surrender ang yellow plates para habang ginagawa ang pag check ng ganiting aspeto ay hindi muna makabyahe ang mga bus na involved.”
Maliban sa 30-day preventive suspension, oobligahin din ng LTFRB ang mga sangkot na bus company na sumailalim sa road worthiness seminar, vehicle check up sa lahat ng kanilang unit at drug testing sa lahat ng kanilang mga driver.
Kanina ay nagpadala na ng investigation team ang LTFRB sa Atimonan, Quezon upang magsagawa ng hiwalay na imbestigasyon sa naganap na aksidente.
Samantala, nahaharap naman ang bus driver ng Super Lines na si Albert Nava sa kasong ng reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide and multiple serious physical injuries.
Ayon sa Super Lines, nakahanda naman silang makipagtulungan sa imbestigasyon at magbigay ng tulong pinansyal sa naulila ng mga biktima.
Ayon sa Atimonan Police Station, itinuturing na accident prone area ang diversion road sa Atimonan, Tagkawayan at Calauag sa Quezon Province. (Mon Jocson / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)
Appeal vs jeepney, bus fare hike may delay implementation – LTFRB
Before they can implement the back to back fare hikes in jeepneys and buses, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) must resolve first the petition filed by a commuters’ group against the fare increases.
Last week, the LTFRB announced the approval of a P10 minimum jeepney fare in Metro Manila, Calabarzon and Central Luzon as well as the P1.00 increase in bus fare which was seen to take effect on November 3.
LFTRB chair Martin Delgra said that the Board will try to decide on the petition immediately.
When asked if implementation of the fare hike may possibly be delayed, Delgra said, “There is a possibility, but as I’ve said we will agenda the motion, for reconsideration this week. We’re going to have a board meeting tomorrow so we would be certainly able to discuss and hopefully resolve it within the period.”
Meanwhile, Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (Fejodap) head, Zeny Maranan questioned the statement of the LTFRB by noting that the price of petroleum per liter has not gone lower than P25 so as to warrant a delay in the implementation of the new fare scheme,
Delgra said that the approved fare rates for buses and jeepneys may still change depending on the movement of the oil prices in world market.
“Historically, the minimum fare has moved up and down, with respect to external factors which includes of course the movement of prices in the fuel,” said the LTFRB chair. — Yssa Jalmasco (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
LTFRB approves P1 bus fare increase
After approving the P10 minimum fare in jeepneys, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has also granted a provisional P1.00 fare increase in commuter buses.
This raises the P10 minimum fare of ordinary buses to P11 while air-conditioned buses with a minimum fare of P12 will now charge P13.
The fare hike will be implemented 15 days after publication of the decision.
Other than the P1.00 increase, buses are also authorized to add P0.15 per succeeding kilometer of travel. — UNTV News & Rescue
Fuel vouchers to be distributed in Marikina today
FILE PHOTO: Fuel Subsidy Card
MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will be visiting Marikina City Hall Quadrangle today, September 24, to continue the fuel voucher distribution caravan for all public utility jeepney (PUJ) operators and drivers.
The distribution will begin at 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Operators or drivers need to bring relevant documents to prove ownership of the franchise in order to claim the Libreng Pantawid Pasada cards.
The caravan aims to simplify the process of allocating the fuel vouchers of the Pantawid Pasada Program to almost 200,000 registered PUJ operators across the country.