Agencies make rounds at QC bus terminals; drivers submit to drug test

Marje Pelayo   •   October 29, 2018   •   2239

A driver registering himself for a drug test in Quezon City

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chairman Martin Delgra was on top of his voice when he accosted a dispatcher at a bus terminal in Quezon City on Monday (October 29).

“Kapag lagpas mo nito ng terminal na ito, sisitahin ko na ito. One million ang multa nito, colorum. Pipilitin ninyo iyan o hindi? Pipilitin ninyo ba o hindi?…Just follow the rules!” Delgra told the dispatcher when asked what to do with the bus units in the terminal.

Delgra was joined by representatives from the Land Transportation Office (LTO), Inter Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT), the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the inspection.

Three bus units where caught in violation of the law for operating out of line while another unit was stopped for having a faded plate.

The LTFRB argued that bus units must have CCTV, dash cam and GPS installed before operating.

The LTFRB added that every bus unit travelling for more than six hours should have an alternative driver.

“Kailangan may relyebo otherwise it’s a violation on the bus company; so, we will have to call their attention, if not penalize. Mahirap kasi, we’re trying to avoid accidents here. We’re trying to address road safety,” Delgra said.

Consequently the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) conducted a surprise random drug testing among drivers and bus conductors prior to their travel.

Delgra said one driver was tested positive from the test and was barred from driving after his licensed was suspended. He is likely to face charges for illegal drug use.

The MMDA, meanwhile, also conducted alcohol breath test to drivers to avoid drunk driving.

“Kapag nakainom ka na, ang tendency nito, it’s either hindi ka nga lasing pero kulang ka sa tulog; so napakadelikado para sa mga long drive. Nasa mahigit, more than 30 ‘yung dala mong pasahero. So, hindi ho natin papayagan na kahit ho konti, one percent ng alcohol, na bumiyahe ‘yung nasabing bus drive,” explained Celine Pialago, the MMDA’s assistant secretary.

Meanwhile, the public is advised to notify the authorities of any violation by bus drivers through police assistance desk in terminals or call LTFRB hotline number 1342, DOTr hotline 7890, and PNP hotline 117. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

List: Approved UV Express routes starting June 29

Marje Pelayo   •   June 29, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has announced that a total of 980 UV Express units will start operating on Monday (June 29) along 47 routes in and out of Metro Manila.

Under the guidelines set by LTFRB through Memorandum Circular No. 2020-025, all routes are strictly terminal-to-terminal only, meaning, drivers are not allowed to pick up or drop off  passengers along the way.

UV Express units are not allowed on EDSA and Commonwealth Avenue except to cross.

Fare rate shall remain at P2 per kilometer, according to the memorandum. and that no fare adjustment shall be applied unless approved by the agency.

Additionally, the following are salient provisions stated in the guidelines in relation to health protocols imposed by the national government in response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic:

  • Operators must regularly examine a driver’s fitness to work, checking their body temperature and screening for symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Wearing of masks and gloves at all times is mandatory to all drivers and conductors.
  • Strictly “No Face Mask, No Ride” for commuters.
  • Exact fare shall be paid prior to boarding the PUV or operators/drivers may devise any fare collection system such as use of a fare drop-off to minimize/prevent transmittal of COVID-19.
  • Strictly two (2) passengers per row with passengers seated one seat apart.
  • Impermeable barriers must be installed to seal off the driver’s compartment and between rows of seats that are less than one (1) meter apart.

The guidelines for UV Express operations are in line with the “gradual, calibrated and calculated approach” of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) on the resumption of public transportation in Metro Manila amid the general community quarantine (GCQ).

According to LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra, failure to comply with the guidelines may warrant the imposition of fines and suspension or cancellation of their franchise.

LTFRB: UV express to resume operations within the month

Marje Pelayo   •   June 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has announced the possibility of allowing UV Express vehicles to ply the major roads of Metro Manila again before the end of the month.

According to LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra, the agency is now finalizing the guidelines that will allow UV Express to resume operations before the end of June following the full deployment of modernized public utility jeepneys (PUJs).

Delgra added that the technical working group (TWG) is thoroughly studying the proposed measures that the operators and drivers of UV express should abide by under the government-imposed general community quarantine (GCQ).

“We are exhausting all efforts to balance our mandate in transportation with our responsibility of helping prevent the spread of COVID-19. That is why we are observing a gradual and calculated approach for the resumption of public transportation particularly in areas under GCQ,” Delgra said.

The LTFRB also assured that it is working double time to implement the second phase of the resumption of public transportation in Metro Manila which includes UV Express.

The first phase which was implemented from June 1 to 21, allowed the  resumption of public transportation in GCQ areas namely the rail transport, point-to-point (P2P) bus service, city buses, taxis, Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS), shuttle services, tricycles, and bicycles.

5,000 pampasaherong jeep sa Metro Manila, posibleng payagang pumasada simula June 30 – LTFRB

Robie de Guzman   •   June 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Aabot sa 5,000 pampasaherong jeep sa Metro Manila ang posibleng payagang muling pumasada simula sa Hunyo 30, ayon sa Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

Ayon kay LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra III, isinasapinal na nila ang mga panuntunan para sa 104 rationalized routes ng public utility jeepneys (PUJ) sa National Capital Region.

Aniya, maaaring mailabas ito sa mga susunod na araw.

“We’re looking at on or before the end of the month because y’ong routes po, na-identify na; y’ong numero po, na-identify na. The basic principle here really is we need to have connectivity between the rail, the bus and the jeepneys po,” ani Delgra.

Apela naman ng transport group na Pinagkaisahang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (PISTON), sana ay pinayagan na ring bumiyahe ang mga jeep kasabay ng paglipat sa Metro Manila sa general community quarantine dahil pinahintulutan na rin naman ang pagpasok sa trabaho ng ilang manggagawa.

Ayon kay George San Mateo, ang president emeritus ng PISTON, maraming tsuper ang napilitang mamalimos sa gitna ng quarantine dahil sa kawalan ng kita.

“So, ang epekto nito ay lalong nalulubog y’ong kabuhayan ng ating mga jeepney driver at maliliit na operator lalo pa tatlong buwan na silang walang kabuhayan,” ani San Mateo.

At the same time, nagdurusa din y’ong ating mga kababayang mananakay lalo na ang mga manggagawa dahil pinagkakaitan sila ng pamahalaan ng mga masasakyang public transport,” dagdag pa niya.

Samantala, tiniyak ni Delgra na tuloy na rin sa June 22 ang pagbabalik-operasyon ng modern jeepneys, provincial buses at UV Express Units.

Una nang sinabi ng Department of Transportation (DOTr) na gradual ang pagbabalik-operasyon ng pampublikong transportasyon sa Metro Manila at gagawin ito sa dalawang bahagi.

Sa phase 1, papayagan ang mga tren, bus augmentation, taxi, transport network vehicle service, shuttle service, point-to-point buses at mga bisikleta simula June 1-21 habang phase 2 naman ang public utility buses, modern jeepneys, at UV express simula sa June 22-30.

Ngunit paalala ng ahensya, limitado lang ang bilang ng mga pasaherong maaaring isakay upang mapanatili ang physical distancing at iba pang health protocols. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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