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

Marje Pelayo   •   October 29, 2018   •   2416

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.)

LTFRB Central, NCR Regional Office closed until April 26

Marje Pelayo   •   April 23, 2021

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@ltfrb@gov.ph
2. Request for Confirmation of Unit/s at Request for Franchise Verification: online.ismd@ltfrb.gov.ph
3. Request for Issuance or Extension Provisional Authority: legal@ltfrb.gov.ph
4. Legal Concerns/Query (Hearing Schedule and Status): legalconcerns@ltfrb.gov.ph
5. Information Systems Management Division (ISMD): ismd@ltfrb.gov.ph
6. Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program National Project Management Office (PUVMP-NPMO): puvmptechnical.ltfrbco@gmail.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.

Additional 195 routes for provincial buses to open April 15 — LTFRB

Marje Pelayo   •   April 13, 2021

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.

269 P2P provincial buses, maaari nang bumiyahe sa bubuksang 10 ruta simula Disyembre 21

Robie de Guzman   •   December 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Magbubukas na sa susunod na linggo ang Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) ng sampung ruta para sa pagbiyahe ng 269 point-to-point (P2P) provincial buses papasok at palabas ng Metro Manila.

Ayon sa LTFRB, alinsunod ito sa memorandum circular 2020-082 na inilabas matapos payagan ng Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) ang pagpasada ng mga provincial bus sa mga pinapayagang point-to-point routes.

Sa ilalim ng memorandum circular, ang mga ruta na bubuksan sa Disyembre 21 ay ang mga sumusunod:

  • Clark, Pampanga – SM North EDSA
  • Clark, Pampanga – NAIA Terminal (With Limited Stop in Ortigas)
  • Clark, Pampanga – Lubao, Pampanga (With Specials Stops in San Fernando and Angeles City)
  • Clark, Pampanga – Dagupan, Pangasinan (With Special Stops at Rosales and Urdaneta, Pangasinan)
  • Clark, Pampanga – Subic, Zambales (With Special Stop at Dinalupihan, Bataan)
  • NAIA/Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITx) – Baguio City
  • Batangas City – Ortigas
  • Batangas City – Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITx)
  • Lipa City, Batangas – Ortigas
  • Lipa City, Batangas – Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITx)

Ayon sa LTFRB, maaaring magbiyahe ang mga roadworthy PUV na may valid at existing Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC) o Application for Extension of Validity, at kinakailangang naka-rehistro sa Personal Passenger Insurance Policy ang bawat unit sa mga rutang nakapaloob sa MC.

Binigyang-diin naman ng ahensiya na kailangan ng special permit ang mga provincial P2P bus na bibiyahe sa mga inter-regional routes sa labas ng Metro Manila.

Maaaring mag-apply ng special permit sa pamamagitan ng pagpapadala ng mensahe sa technical@ltfrb.gov.ph.

Kailangan ding sumunod ang pick up at drop off terminals ng mga naturang bus sa health at safety protocols bago payagang mag-operate ng local government units.

Muli namang ipinapaalala ng ahensya na walang ipatutupad na taas-pasahe sa mga naturang provincial P2P bus, maliban na lang kung ipag-uutos ito ng LTFRB.

Bukod diyan, kinakailangan sumunod ng mga PUV sa mga alituntunin ng IATF at local government units kaugnay ng health protocols bago sila makabiyahe.

Ang sinumang mahuling lalabag sa mga probisyon ng memorandum circular ay papatawan ng kaukulang parusa

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