Authorities inspecting the wreckage of the fallen bus in Nueva Ecija.
MANILA — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has found violations by Leomarick bus that fell into a ravine in Carranglan, Nueva Ecija on April 18 where over 30 people died.
According to the LTFRB, it appears in the investigation of Isuzu Philippines that the bus has been in use for 33 years.
Contrary to what was stated on the document submitted by the bus company that it is a 2006 model.
Based on LTFRB’s directive, passenger buses that are 15 years old and above are strictly prohibited from traveling. — UNTV News & Rescue
Aside from this, the agency also allowed 4,820 PUJ units to ply routes in Metro Manila as stated in the Memorandum Circular 2020-058 dated Saturday (October 10).
Overall, a total of 27,016 traditional PUJs are now operating on 302 routes across Metro Manila since the government opened transportation with the implementation of General Community Quarantine (GCQ).
The agency said it is working on opening more routes for PUVs to address the need for mass transport as business further reopen.
This was after public transport capacity was limited amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) unit breakdown in Metro Manila since operation started on June 1, 2020:
MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), through Memorandum Circular 2020-057, ordered all automated fare collection system (AFCS) providers to remove card fees for stored-value cards used in public utility vehicles (PUVs).
“The Board hereby directs all Public Utility operators and/or Automatic Fare Collection Systems (AFCS) to remove any charges or fees imposed for the purchase/use of their cards on top of the fare load,” the memorandum said covering all buses, modern jeepneys and taxis among others.
The measure was in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s call following complaints from passengers of the EDSA Busway System over ‘expensive’ Beep cards at P80.00.
Failure to comply with the directive would incur them fines or suspension.
“Failure of the concerned operator and/or provider to comply with this issuance shall cause for the immediate suspension of the automatic fare collection system, aside from the penalties to be imposed pursuant to existing issuances of this Board against the operators concern,” the memorandum stressed.
Beep card operator AF Payments Incorporated said it has not received a copy of the memorandum just yet and discussions are still ongoing on the matter.
But at Monumento station in Caloocan, purchase of Beep cards has been suspended and only the fare loading service is allowed.
The agency will have the Memorandum Circular printed and published in major newspapers and the directive will be in effect starting October 9.
Still, the ‘No Beep card, No Ride’ policy remains suspended at EDSA Busway system. MNP (with details from Joan Nano)
After six months of temporary suspension due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Land Transportation Franchise and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is now eyeing to resume operations of provincial buses from Metro Manila.
LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra said they are continuously preparing and coordinating with several local governments on the possible return of provincial buses.
However, there are still provinces that continue to ban the entry of travelers from Metro Manila. Delgra said only Antique, Quirino, and Bataan agreed to open its doors to buses coming from Metro Manila.
“Whatever the case may be, we need to closely coordinate with the LGUs concerned because at the end of every trip it is the LGU that will receive and manage passengers in their respective jurisdictions,” he said.
Meanwhile, several local officials recommended a point-to-point scheme for provincial buses. The LTFRB reiterated they will also consider the areas along the route of the buses.
“They are suggesting na parang point to point po iyong pagbi-biyahe,” Delgra said.
Provincial bus operators have been appealing to the government to allow the resumption of their operations even if its on a limited capacity. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)
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