by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Friday, May 24th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) released on Thursday (May 23) the new guidelines that provide premium taxi drivers regular salaries and benefits.
On its official Facebook page, the DOTr announced the released of Department Order 2019-007 signed on May 8, in which the DOTr introduced the “Taxi Modernization Program.”
Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade said the new guidelines will benefit both commuters and drivers.
“Our transport modernization programs aim to uplift three elements: the safety and comfort of the riding public, the state of road transportation, and the welfare of transport operators and drivers,” he said in the statement.
“Through the Taxi Modernization Program, we provide additional options for mobility to the public while giving our taxi drivers regular compensation and benefits,” he added.
Tugade noted that the release of the amended guidelines complements DOTr’s campaign for road safety awareness and is expected to reduce the risk of road incidents in Metro Manila.
“When our drivers are salaried, they do not need to rush on the road to maximize the number of passengers and flagdowns they could get in a day,” he said.
“With the amended vehicle specifications for premium taxis, we put on our roads vehicles that are safer and environment-friendly,” he added.
The amended guidelines require all premium taxi units to be at least Euro-4 compliant.
They shall be reclassified as either silver or gold based on body types, displacement or power rating, leg room and luggage compartment upon the determination of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
The new guidelines also set a maximum age limit for the vehicles, which shall not exceed seven years as reflected in the Certificate of Registration.
For applicants who wish to apply for a franchise to premium taxi service, the units to be applied shall not be more than three years old upon application of Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC.)
Electric vehicles with at least 100-kilowatt output and hybrid vehicles with at least 1,800 cubic centimeters (cc) rated engine displacement may also be applied as alternative vehicles.
Meanwhile, all premium taxis are required to have free internet access for passengers, equipped with on-board navigation system (GPS) or mobile-based application and dashboard cameras.
Likewise, drivers of premium taxi service must wear proper uniform and must provide a door-to-door service with no fixed route within a specified area.
LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III noted that the premium taxi service will provide significant contribution to the implementation of the PUV modernization program for the benefit of the commuters and PUV stakeholders.
“Nowadays, improved riding experience is a premium that Filipinos are found to be willing to pay for. And with more modern vehicles plying our roads, we make road transport safer, more reliable and convenient for our passengers,” he said.
The DOTr also plans to open premium taxi service franchises in highly urbanized cities outside of Metro Manila. – Marje Pelayo
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Monday, May 20th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – The management of the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) has ordered the creation of a fact-finding committee that will investigate the train crash incident on Saturday (May 18).
More than 30 people were injured on Saturday evening after a train parked on the “pocket track” near Anonas Station moved on its own and headed toward the main railways eastbound to Cubao.
The train’s control center noticed the movement of the parked train and immediately notified the approaching train but it was too late for the latter to make a full stop.
“For unknown reason, which is still the subject of further investigation through a fact-finding which is being instructed by the administrator, gumalaw ang supposedly na sira na tren,” said DOTr’s Undersecretary for Finance Garry de Guzman.
Operations in LRT Line 2 was temporarily suspended for safety check.
It was mid afternoon the next day, Sunday (May 19) when the LRT-2 services resumed.
The LRTA management and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) assured the public that what happened was an isolated case while measures were being set up to prevent a repeat of the incident in the future.
“Kung mababawasan ang mga tumatakbong LRT (trains), natural may epekto iyan,” Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade noted.
(If running trains will be reduced, that surely has an effect.)
“Pero sa ganyang management, titingnan lahat iyan para nang sa ganoon, ang epekto sa operasyon ay hindi unnecessarily wide and deep,” he added.
(With that kind of management, everything will be assessed so that the effects on the operation will not be unnecessarily wide and deep.)
LRTA is expected to issue an official statement on the exact cause of the incident after its investigation. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Tuesday, May 7th, 2019
A road accident in Atimonan, Quezon on Monday (May 6) has left 73 injured and three dead.
A tour bus collided with a 10-wheeler truck along Maharlika Highway diversion road in Atimonan, Quezon on Monday night.
Initial report said that the tour bus driver was trying to overtake several vehicles when it collided into the approaching truck.
The driver of the truck, 29-year-old Benedict Borja Belencio, and truck helper, 28-year-old Michael Gerona Sy, were both killed inside their vehicle. A bus passenger, 46-years-old Pio Jacob del Monte, died from serious injuries.
The injured passengers were brought to Doña Martha Memorial District Hospital and Nuestra Señora Delos Angeles General Hospital—(with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
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