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
P2P bus routes reach 35
MANILA, Philippines — The number of routes traversed by premium Point-to-Point (P2P) buses has reached 35 in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said there were initially only two routes in 2016, but has expanded its trips to cover Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Bulacan, Pangasinan, Zambales, and Pampanga.
New five other routes are set to open soon. — UNTV News & Rescue
LTFRB cancels franchise of entire Dimple Star fleet
A Dimple Star bus unit
MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) canceled on Wednesday (December 5) the franchise of the entire Dimple Star fleet.
This is in relation to the March 20 incident which resulted in death of 19 individuals and injury of 21 others when a Dimple Star bus fell off a cliff in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro.
Based on the data of the LTFRB, Dimple Star has been involved in 8 accidents wherein 25 individuals died and 134 others got injured.
LTFRB chair Martin Delgra said that they have decided to cancel the franchise of Dimple Star bus company due to the repeated negligence of the company and to prevent the recurrence of accidents. — UNTV News & Rescue
Appeal vs jeepney, bus fare hike may delay implementation – LTFRB
Before they can implement the back to back fare hikes in jeepneys and buses, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) must resolve first the petition filed by a commuters’ group against the fare increases.
Last week, the LTFRB announced the approval of a P10 minimum jeepney fare in Metro Manila, Calabarzon and Central Luzon as well as the P1.00 increase in bus fare which was seen to take effect on November 3.
LFTRB chair Martin Delgra said that the Board will try to decide on the petition immediately.
When asked if implementation of the fare hike may possibly be delayed, Delgra said, “There is a possibility, but as I’ve said we will agenda the motion, for reconsideration this week. We’re going to have a board meeting tomorrow so we would be certainly able to discuss and hopefully resolve it within the period.”
Meanwhile, Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (Fejodap) head, Zeny Maranan questioned the statement of the LTFRB by noting that the price of petroleum per liter has not gone lower than P25 so as to warrant a delay in the implementation of the new fare scheme,
Delgra said that the approved fare rates for buses and jeepneys may still change depending on the movement of the oil prices in world market.
“Historically, the minimum fare has moved up and down, with respect to external factors which includes of course the movement of prices in the fuel,” said the LTFRB chair. — Yssa Jalmasco (with reports from Rosalie Coz)