DOTR-LTFRB: P10.00 minimum jeepney fare not yet effective

Marje Pelayo   •   October 18, 2018   •   5200

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) clarified confusion on the official implementation of the P2.00 increase in minimum fare on public utility jeepneys (PUJ).

In a decision issued by the LTFRB, the P2.00 fare increase is broken down to “additional one peso for the first four kilometers or a minimum fare of ten pesos from the original fare of eight pesos.”

The decision covers PUJs in Metro Manila, Central Luzon and in the Southern Tagalog Region.

However, the DOTr stressed that the P2.00 fare hike is not yet executory and will only take effect on the first week of November.

This, after a copy of the order leaked on social media that bears no final and official signature.

 “We request drivers to wait until the LTFRB releases the official document on the fare hike before charging any additional fare. Thank you for understanding.” The DOTR-LTFRB’s statement said.

It was in September 2017 when transport groups filed a petition for a fare increase for PUJs citing uncontrollable increase in prices of oil products.

The LTFRB granted the P1 provisional fare increase for jeepneys in Metro Manila and the regions concerned in July this year thus making the minimum fare for jeepneys P9.00.

With an additional P1.00 increase, the minimum fare is now set at P10.00 – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)

LTFRB warns sanctions vs ride-hailing firms overcharging during holiday season

Robie de Guzman   •   December 19, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has warned to revoke the permits of Transport Network Companies (TNC) who will be found guilty of exacting exorbitant fares from the riding public this holiday season.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the LTFRB said it issued the warning following increasing complaints of lack of Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) units and continuous overcharging as noted by commuters this month.

“To the TNCs, do not abuse the clamor for TNVS this holiday season, hindi kami magdadalawang isip na tanggalan kayo ng permit kung kayo ay lalabag sa mga mandato na nakasaad sa inyong kontrata.” LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra said.

Delgra said the Board has called for a meeting with the app-based ride-hailing services this week to discuss the issue.

“To date, the agency has already issued around 49,000 Provisional Authorities and 11,000 Certificate of Public Convenience (CPCs) totaling to an approximate 60,000 permits given to TNVS in order for them to operate and to accommodate the need for additional public land transport. Ang tanong dito ay bakit kakaunti ang tumatakbong units?” Delgra said.

“The TNCs have to clarify this to us and to the riding public,” he added.

The Board also reminded the ride-hailing firms to strictly follow the approve fare structure guidelines, adding that they are continuously reviewing and monitoring the fare setting computation to determine any violation.

In the fare matrix approved by the LTFRB in August, TNVS companies are allowed to charge a flag down rate of up to P40 for car sedans, up to P50 for premium sport utility vehicles (SUV), and up to P30 for hatchbacks or sub-compact vehicles.

The Board also allowed a P15 additional charge per kilometer for sedans, P18 for SUVs, and P13 for hatchbacks, aside from the P2 charge per minute of travel. It also allowed TNVS firms to double their per kilometer and per minute charge through surge pricing.

The TNCs accredited by the LTFRB are Grab, Hype, Hirna, Owto, MiCab, Go Lag, ePickMeUp, SnappyCab, and Ryd.

Earlier this week, Grab was penalized by the Philippine Competition Commission for allegedly breaching its commitments on pricing and driver cancellation rates.

Lawmakers have also called on the LTFRB to review Grab face matrix amid reports of sudden surge pricing.

DOTr clarifies: PUV Modernization will push through

Marje Pelayo   •   November 21, 2019

(L-R) DOTr Sec. Arthur P. Tugade and a fleet of modernized jeepney units

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) clarified that it is not holding off the implementation of the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP).

In a statement released Wednesday (November 20), the agency rectified earlier reports that it has plans to defer the said program following the Senate deliberation on the Department’s P147-billion proposed budget for 2020.

Walang sinabi ang DOTr na hindi nito itutuloy ang pagpapatupad ng PUV Modernization Program, (The DOTr did not say that it is dropping the implementation of the PUV Modernization Program),” the DOTr said in a statement.

The agency explained that what transpired during the Senate deliberation was a condition in case operators of old PUV units fail to modermize their units come July 2020.

“Ang nabanggit ay kung sakali mang mabigo ang mga operator ng mga lumang jeepney na mag-modernize ng kanilang mga unit pagsapit ng Hulyo 2020, pansamantala ay pahihintulutan muna sila ng DOTr na makapamasada sa kondisyong papasa ang kanilang mga lumang unit sa roadworthiness test sa ilalim ng technology-based Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS), na walang human intervention,” the DOTr clarified.

(What was said was, in case operators of old jeepney units fail to modernize their units until July 2020, the DOTr will allow them to operate temporarily with their old units provided that their old units pass the road-worthiness test under the technology-based Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS), without any human intervention.)

If they pass the MVIS, the Department said, “the Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will grant them Provisional Authority (PA) valid for one year only, as they need to undergo road worthiness check via MVIS every year as well.”

To secure a PA, PUV operators need to submit a petition for consolidation on or before June 30, 2020 including a petition expressing their intention to join the PUVMP.

If they fail to submit on deadline, the “prior operator rule” will lapse and their franchise will be given to cooperatives who are PUVMP compliant.

“Oras na may PUVMP-compliant na kooperatiba o korporasyon na ang mabigyan ng prangkisa sa rutang tinatakbuhan ng lumang jeepney, automatic na makakansela na ang PA na ibinigay ditto,” the DOTr stressed.

(Once the franchise line is given to PUVMP-compliant cooperative or corporation, the PA granted to old units will be automatically cancelled.)

The DOTr remains firm that the PUVMP, a directive by President Rodrigo Duterte himself, is necessary to ensure the safety of commuters as the modernized jeepney units are equipped with safety features and designs in protection and convenience not just of the commuters but of the drivers as well.

Likewise, the program aims to curb pollution and to improve the income and livelihood of operators and drivers in the country.

LTFRB calls on TNVS online applicants to complete process before Nov. 15

Marje Pelayo   •   November 13, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has announced a final call to all transportation network vehicle service (TNVS) applicants who registered online but did not pursue their application to officially lodge their applications until November 15 (Friday).

According to LTFRB, there were at least 4,499 online applications that remain pending from the 10,000 slots the agency opened in June and 5,000 slots it opened in July.

To proceed with the applications, the LTFRB calls on applicants to adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. Only those with complete details and information submitted via on-line registration will be accepted for filing of the application;
  2. The units subject of application must not be more than three (3) years old at the time of filing;
  3. Only the applicant is allowed to file. In case of applicant’s absence, his/her direct ascendant/descendant or spouse is allowed to represent applicant, provided they are authorized through a Special Power of Attorney (SPA), with valid Government-issued ID of both applicant and representative;
  4. Provisional Authority (PA) will be issued upon acceptance of the application.

The agency said that all applications submitted after the deadline will be considered null and void.

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