DOTr to study memorandum order limiting the number of operating TNVS

UNTV News   •   January 31, 2018   •   4381

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MANILA, Philippines – The new regulation of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) continues to draw criticisms.

The regulation seeks to limit the number of transport network vehicle service (TNVS) the LTFRB will allow to operate on roads.

Based on the Memorandum Circular 2018-03, the agency will limit the number of TNVS in Metro Manila to 45,000, 500 in Cebu and 200 units in Pampanga.

The new order takes effect on February 3.

However, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade has ordered the LTFRB to review the said regulation.

Tugade explained that the agency should ensure that its implementation is reasonable on the part of both TNVS drivers and commuters.

This allays concerns of TNVS drivers who might lose their jobs should LTFRB push through with the implementation of the said order.

They insisted that they are following the policies of the LTFRB, but they call on the agency to withdraw its plan to impose a cap on the number of operating TNVS on roads.

“What if I become one of those who would lose jobs? What will happen to my family, and to my dialysis?” said TNVS driver Mang Glen.

“I represent the lady drivers who rely solely on this for livelihood and extra income,” said TNVS driver Arlyn Camorongan.

According to Brian Cu, the country head of Grab Philippines, the supply cap may result in higher fare rates, and difficulty of booking rides due to the huge number of TNVS that might be slashed.

“Passengers will have difficulty getting TNVS rides. Higher fares will become frequent due to surges, even though there is still a surge cap in place,” Cu said.

Based on the figures submitted by Uber and Grab to LTFRB, they have 125,000 units operating across the Philippines.

Overall, the number of TNVS drivers who might no longer operate would reach more than 79,000.

Meanwhile, LTFRB will begin accepting new applications for TNVS on February 5. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

QC Court stops implementation of Edsa provincial bus ban

Robie de Guzman   •   August 2, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – A local court has temporarily stopped the implementation of the highly-contested proposal to ban provincial buses from plying Epifanio delos Santos (Edsa).

In an order dated July 31 and released on August 2, the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 223 has granted the writ of preliminary injunction filed by 18 transport groups against the scheme.

The QC court said it found “just cause” to stop the ban and schedule the case for hearings.

The court said it needs to hear the side of the defendants of the case – the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) considering that “the matter on hand greatly impacts the welfare of the public.”

The proposed policy of the MMDA and the LTFRB prohibits provincial buses from traversing Edsa to decongest traffic. It also seeks to revoke business permits and shut down the operation of all provincial bus terminals located along Edsa.

The LTFRB also amended last month the routes for provincial buses traveling along the major thoroughfare.

A dry run for the policy is supposed to begin on August 7.

The court notes in its order that these measures would have “far-reaching effects” to the businesses, employees and other contracts of provincial bus companies. It added that the shortened routes would also affect the salary of employees.

“While as a rule, the right to income or earning does not prevail over public welfare, in the instant case since the Court has as yet not been presented with a clear basis or sufficient justification for the issuances, there is no reason to consider these issuances to have priority over the Plaintiffs’ rights as well as those that would suffer from their implementation,” the order read.

The court also asked the MMDA and the LTFRB on why point-to-point (P2P) buses are given privilege of plying Edsa even if their sizes were similar to those of regular buses.

It further said that since the said agencies failed to file a response, “no explanation or study has been presented to this Court to aid the latter in determining whether the provincial buses are indeed the cause of ‘horrendous traffic’ and if their ban and closure of their terminals is the best solution.”

“In view of the absence of any evidence on behalf of the Public Defendants, the evidence provided so far by the Plaintiffs tend to show that indeed, there was abuse in the issuance of the subject LTFRB MC and MMDA Regulation,” the order read.

The court gave the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG), which represents the MMDA and the LTFRB, until August 14 to file a response to the case.

Students’ exemption from PH airport terminal fees to begin August 1

Robie de Guzman   •   August 1, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday announced that beginning August 1, students will no longer have to pay terminal fees at all airports owned and operated by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

In an advisory posted on its Facebook page, the DOTr said a memorandum circular stipulating the waving of terminal fees for students has been signed by CAAP director general Jim Syndiongco.

LOOK: ‘MALASAKIT,’ AS PROMISED!Starting tomorrow, 01 August 2019, students will be exempted from paying terminal fees…

Posted by Department of Transportation – Philippines on Wednesday, 31 July 2019

This policy applies to students who are currently enrolled in preschool to college, including in trade, arts, technical and vocational schools and training centers.

“Qualified students who will avail of the exemption shall apply for a student exemption certificate at Malasakit Help Desks located in airports,” the DOTr said.

Student passengers with flights starting August 1, 2019 and purchased tickets previously within a period of one year may “seek for refund of the terminal fee that was integrated into their airline tickets purchased at point of sale or online.”

The DOTr said refund may be claimed in all Malasakit Help Desks at CAAP-operated airports.

“All Malasakit Help Desks at CAAP-operated airports shall serve as refund counters until such time the airlines are able to facilitate the exemption in their booking system,” it said.

The DOTr earlier announced that students would get free rides from government-operated railway lines and exemption from terminal fees in seaports and airports across the country.

READ: Students to get free train rides, airport and seaport terminal fees

The agency said this initiative is part of the government’s efforts to provide Filipinos comfortable lives.

Anti-Red Tape body tells LTFRB to explain irregularities in TNVS policies

Robie de Guzman   •   July 24, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) on Wednesday asked the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to explain alleged irregularities in its policies for the application of permit for transport network vehicle service (TNVS).

In its show-cause order, the ARTA directed LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra to explain within three days the purported delays in the processing of permits and other irregularities as complained by TNVS applicants.

Based on its order, the anti-red tape agency said that among the other irregularities “identified and determined” to have been committed by the LTFRB was its failure to enforce Memorandum Circular No. 2018-005; failure to conduct hearings and render decisions for an unreasonable length of time on applications for certificate of public convenience to operate TNVS; and implementing abrupt changes in the requirements and procedures for TNVS application without due notice to the public.

The ARTA said failure to explain the aforementioned issues could be tantamount to defying President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to stop red tape in the government.

In a message to reporters, Delgra confirmed he has received the notice and assured to submit an explanation addressing the allegations within the deadline.

ARTA’s order came after groups of TNVS driver and operators went offline earlier this month in protest of LTFRB’s alleged inconsistencies in its policies in terms of TNVS application and registration. (with details from Joan Nano)

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