Bus firm ends honesty bus after a week of operation

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 21, 2019   •   2440

Photo credit: Green Frog Hybrid Bus Company

A bus firm has stopped their honesty system a week after the launch of its operation.

Green Frog Hybrid Bus Company announced on their Facebook page on Wednesday that they will end the honesty system. They also expressed disappointment after recording 30 percent of passengers are not paying their fare.

“SERVICE UPDATE: End of Honesty System. We are disappointed to see that the honesty system did not work. Over 30% of the passengers did not pay their fare. We are returning to the conductor fare collection system again,” their post read.

The company released the guidelines for the honesty system on March 5 which was implemented on March 11.

“This is how its done in first world countries. This is how Green Frog will do it from now on,” according to their previous statement.

The company said that they will resume to the conductor fare collection system.—Aileen Cerrudo

LTFRB issues over 800 special bus permits for ‘Undas’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 23, 2019

Province-bound passengers crowd a bus terminal in the south of Manila, Philippines. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has issued over 800 special bus permits which will be effective from October 30 to November 3 in preparation for ‘Undas’.

On Wednesday (October 23), the LTFRB said they issued special bus permits in order to have enough public utility buses that will accommodate the influx of passengers during the ‘Undas’ break.

The agency will also conduct an ocular inspection of bus terminals on Monday (October 28).

Meanwhile, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) will install Malasakit Help Desks at all bus terminals, piers, and airports in the country from Friday (October 25) to November 4.—AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

MRT-3 deploys 140 buses for maintenance shutdown

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 15, 2019

Photo Courtesy : Department of Transportation

Metro Rail Transit 3 has deployed 140 buses for its maintenance shutdown starting April 15 to April 21.

The deployed buses will operate from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in all MRT-3 Northbound-Southbound stations.

The MRT-3 has started with its annual maintenance Monday morning (April 15).—Aileen Cerrudo

Appeal vs jeepney, bus fare hike may delay implementation – LTFRB

admin   •   October 24, 2018

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)

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