Additional 195 routes for provincial buses to open April 15 — LTFRB
MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) announced that 195 routes in different parts of the country are set to open on Thursday (April 15) for the operation of 2,665 provincial public utility buses (PUBs).
This is in compliance with Memorandum Circular No. 2021-023 issued by the LTFRB and to uphold the mandate of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) of providing convenient travel to the riding public.
Such a move is expected to minimize or fully stop the operation of out-of-line or “colorum” vehicles which the DOTr sees as among the main contributors to the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to different parts of the country.
Though the LTFRB announced these new routes, protocols will still depend on the restrictions and requirements imposed by respective local government units (LGUs) particularly the decision to open their borders to public vehicles coming from other LGUs.
To check the additional routes, click this link.
Roadworthy provincial buses may operate if they have a valid personal passenger insurance policy in the new routes.
Vehicles allowed in the new routes are those with a QR code from LTFRB which must be printed and displayed in the bus unit.
QR Codes can be downloaded from the LTFRB’s official website www.ltfrb.gov.ph.
LTFRB Central, NCR Regional Office closed until April 26
MANILA, Philippines — The central office of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) as well as its regional office in the National Capital Region (NCR) will be closed until April 26.
The announcement was to give way for the swab testing of employees in the said LTFRB offices.
This means no transactions will be entertained in these offices until April 26 except for submission of applications in the receiving section of the agency’s Technical Division.
The public is advised to transact online or forward their concerns through e-mail messaging.
The following are transactions that can be processed online:
1. Request for Special Permit at Correction of Typographical Error: online.td@firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Request for Confirmation of Unit/s at Request for Franchise Verification: email@example.com
3. Request for Issuance or Extension Provisional Authority: firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Legal Concerns/Query (Hearing Schedule and Status): email@example.com
5. Information Systems Management Division (ISMD): firstname.lastname@example.org
6. Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program National Project Management Office (PUVMP-NPMO): email@example.com
For inquiries regarding transactions with LTFRB-NCR, the public may direct their concerns to the agency’s Public Transport Online Processing System (P-TOPS) which can be accessed on the LTFRB’s official website www.ltfrb.gov.ph.
43 illegally operating vehicles, impounded in NCR under anti-colorum drive — LTFRB
MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has reported that 43 private vehicles have been impounded during the agency’s anti-colorum drive.
LTFRB Executive Director Joel Bolano on Friday (April 16) reported that as of April 12, 43 units have been impounded for unauthorized operations.
He also reminded the public not to hire services from colorum units especially if the implemented health and safety protocols are not followed.
“Huwag pumatol sa mga colorum. Hindi po nasusunod ang ating health protocols. Baka sa kagustuhan po nating makauwi, iyong pasalubong na ating maiwuuwi ay virus. Wala rin po silang insurance na pwedeng sumagot. Ang mga public utility ay mayroon passenger accident insurance. Sana po sundan natin ang mga patakaran pagdating sa public transport (Let us not hire colorum units. They may not be following health protocols. Due to our desire to go home, we might bring home the virus instead. [These colorum] also do not have any insurance. Our public utility has what we call passenger accident insurance. I hope we follow the rules when it comes to public transport),” he said.
Meanwhile, the agency admits there is a challenge in monitoring PUVs when it comes to following the 50% limited capacity.
Bolano said they are coordinating with various government agencies to make sure health protocols, as well as limited capacity in public transport, are implemented. AAC
3 vehicles impounded in intensified anti-colorum operations
MANILA, Philippines—Three vehicles were impounded during an anti-colorum operation of the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (IACT) on Thursday (April 8).
Authorities conducted the operation in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan.
The three vehicles impounded were two shuttle vans and one jeepney – all operating illegally for not having special permits.
“The Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT) is enhancing its anti-colorum activities as illegal transport activities pose health hazards and increased virus transmission during community quarantine season,” according to I-ACT.
Last week, an LTFRB-led operation had apprehended colorum vehicles and trucks which were used to transport civilians amid the travel restrictions imposed during the quarantine period.
Seventy-nine passengers of the said apprehended vehicles s were found out to be positive of the COVID-19 virus.
I-ACT said it will increase its road inspections especially its anti-colorum operations as a response to the increasing illegal transport activities in the region. -AAC