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

admin   •   January 5, 2018   •   8397

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

3 vehicles impounded in intensified anti-colorum operations

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Three vehicles were impounded during an anti-colorum operation of the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (IACT) on Thursday (April 8).

Authorities conducted the operation in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan.

The three vehicles impounded were two shuttle vans and one jeepney – all operating illegally for not having special permits.

“The Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT) is enhancing its anti-colorum activities as illegal transport activities pose health hazards and increased virus transmission during community quarantine season,” according to I-ACT.

Last week, an LTFRB-led operation had apprehended colorum vehicles and trucks which were used to transport civilians amid the travel restrictions imposed during the quarantine period.

Seventy-nine passengers of the said apprehended vehicles s were found out to be positive of the COVID-19 virus.

I-ACT said it will increase its road inspections especially its anti-colorum operations as a response to the increasing illegal transport activities in the region. -AAC

LTFRB to open additional PUV routes next week

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will open additional routes for public utility vehicles next week.

In a statement, the LTFRB said it will reopen 60 additional routes for traditional public utility jeepneys (TPUJs) in the National Capital Region (NCR) and 190 routes for provincial public utility buses (PUBs).

The new measure follows the mandate of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to open more routes especially with the increasing number of illegal or colorum vehicles amid travel restrictions.

Around 1,800 TPUJs are expected to operate in the NCR next week while around 2,600 provincial PUBs will operate in 190 routes entering Metro Manila.

However, the LTFRB clarified the reopening of routes will still be subjected to the requirements and restrictions of local government units (LGUs).

At present, there are 745 routes of PUVs opened in Metro Manila where 43,441 PUV units were allowed to operate. This is 76% of the total number of PUVs in NCR. AAC

LTFRB opens new routes; allows additional 4,400 PUVs in Metro Manila next week

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is eyeing to allow more public utility vehicles (PUVs) in Metro Manila beginning next week.

In a virtual press briefing on Thursday (April 8), LTFRB National Capital Region (NCR) Director Zona Tamayo said the agency aims to open 250 new routes and allow 4,400 units of traditional jeepneys and buses to enter and ply within Metro Manila.

However, for provincial buses, Tamayo clarified they will still be subjected to the approval of concerned local government units (LGUs).

Nasa LGU po iyon kung papasukin or ire-resume ang operations ng ating mga provincial buses (It is up to the LGUs if they will allow or resume operations of provincial buses), she said.

Based on the latest data of LTFRB, 76% of public transport vehicles have already been allowed to operate since June last year.

Meanwhile, the LTFRB reiterated the need for operators to follow minimum health and safety protocols to help prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

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