City bus operators to file petition for fare hike due to TRAIN Law

admin   •   January 5, 2018   •   8270

FILE PHOTO: City buses plying on EDSA

MANILA, Philippines — Following the petition of other transport groups for a fare hike, city bus operators will also file a similar request from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB)

Managing director of Samahang Transport Operator Pilipinas, Juliet de Jesus said they are now studying and computing the additional fare they will petition for before the LTFRB.

The city bus operators said that aside from the expected P2.80 increase in the prices of crude oil beginning January 16, they also have to prepare for more expenses related to the government’s modernization program for public utility buses.

These include the installation of CCTV cameras, wi-fi connection, global positioning system, speed limiter, and the upgrading of their engines to Euro-4 engine.

“We have a standing obligation to our supplier for our fuel, to our buses that are brand new. It will really affect the operator, we need to survive also,” De Jesus said.

It was in 2011 when the LTFRB last implemented a P1.00 fare increase for city buses.

The minimum fare for ordinary buses is currently at P10.00, while the minimum fare for air-conditioned ones is P12.00.

Even provincial bus operators are also planning to appeal for a fare increase due to the tax reform law.

Meanwhile, LTFRB board member Atty. Aileen Lizada explained the agency has to study first the fare increase petition of the transport groups to determine if their requested fare hikes are reasonable.

“If there is an increase, a petition filed for fare increase by PNTOA or any transport group for that matter, they need to justify why the board should grant a fare increase and what services will be delivered,” Atty. Lizada said.

City buses operators are expected to submit to the LTFRB their petition any day within the month.  — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

LTFRB opens 44 new PUJ routes, allows 4,820 more jeepneys on Metro Manila streets

Marje Pelayo   •   October 14, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) through the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has opened additional 44 routes of the traditional public utility jeepneys (PUJ) on Tuesday (October 13). 

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:

Traditional Public Utility Jeepney (PUJ)

  • No. of routes opened: 302
  • No. of authorized units: 27,016

Modern Public Utility Jeepney (PUJ)

  • No. of routes opened: 48
  • No. of authorized units: 845

Public Utility Buses (PUB)

  • No. of routes: 34
  • No. of authorized units: 4,016

Point-to-point buses (P2P)

  • No. of routes opened: 34
  • No. of authorized units: 387

UV Express

  • No. of routes opened: 76
  • No. of authorized units: 3,263

Taxi

  • No. of authorized units: 20,927

Transport Network Vehicles Services (TNVS)

  • No. of authorized units: 24,356

Provincial Public Utility Bus (PUB)

  • No. of routes opened: 12
  • No. of authorized units: 286

Modern UV Express

  • No. of routes opened: 2
  • No. of authorized units: 40

LTFRB orders removal of card fees for stored value cards in PUVs

Marje Pelayo   •   October 7, 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)

LTFRB mulls resuming operations of provincial buses from Metro Manila

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 16, 2020

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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