DOTr to LTFRB: Intensify crackdown vs. Angkas drivers

admin   •   December 19, 2018   •   3143

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has tasked the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to intensify its campaign against motorcycle-ride hailing app, Angkas drivers who continue to operate.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said the transportation department has followed the injuction released by the Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court in favor of Angkas in the past, so now, the secretary insisted that Angkas must follow the temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the Supreme Court, which is based on the decision of the Mandaluyong RTC.

The secretary said that the department will enforce the law against colorum bikers. — UNTV News & Rescue

LTFRB to issue special permits to over 900 bus units for holiday season

Robie de Guzman   •   December 12, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has assured there will be enough bus units to accommodate the influx of passengers expected this holiday season.

The LTFRB said a total of 968 special permits will be granted to public utility buses (PUB) which will allow them to ply major thoroughfares.

These bus units will cater to passengers traveling to North Luzon, South Luzon, Bicol, Visayas and Mindanao.

The LTFRB assured that special permits will be granted to bus units that underwent vigorous inspection process, adding that it sets high priority on the vehicle’s road worthiness as well as the readiness of bus drivers to ensure comfortable and safe travel.

The special permit, granted in line with the agency’s Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Pasko 2019 covers the period from December 23, 2019 to January 3, 2020.

Aside from additional bus units for travelers this holiday season, the LTFRB said Malasakit Help Desks will also be set up to accommodate complaints and other concerns from passengers.

Meanwhile, the agency is set to conduct inspections on bus terminals and garages starting on the third week of December “to check for compliance for the required facility standards.”

The LTFRB will inspect if bus companies have implemented appropriate security protocols, comfortable waiting areas and clean restrooms, among others.

2 new PNR trains to hit tracks on Dec. 16

Robie de Guzman   •   December 11, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The two sets of brand-new diesel multiple unit (DMU) motor cars of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) are expected to hit the tracks next week, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said.

The train sets were unveiled in an arrival ceremony held on Wednesday in Tondo, Manila.          

The DOTr said the train units, each with three coaches, will be fully operational by December 16. These will be deployed on PNR’s Malabon and FTI routes.

The train sets, which were acquired from Indonesian company PT Inka, has a minimum capacity of 752 passengers and are seen to increase PNR’s current daily passenger service rate of 65,000.

It will also add 18 to 20 trips per day to FTI-Tutuban and FTI-Malabon routes, increasing PNR’s operational capacity to better serve the public.

The PNR said four more trains with four coaches each are expected to be delivered next year.

These train sets are part of the 37 railcars and three locomotives procured by the PNR from PT Inka.

The unveiling ceremony of the new trains was attended by some Philippine and Indonesian officials, including Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, Indonesian Ambassador Dr. Sinyo Harry Sarundajang, PNR General Manager Junn Magno, PT Inka representatives, and House Transportation committee chair and Samar First District Rep. Edgar Sarmiento.

DOTr’s TWG eyes 6-month extension of motorcycle taxis’ pilot implementation

Robie de Guzman   •   December 10, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The inter-agency Technical Working Group (TWG) of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) is eyeing to extend for six months the pilot run of motorcycle ride-hailing services in the country.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the DOTr said this is to allow the participation of new players in the study of the viability of motorcycles as a safe mode of public transportation.

The department said it has heard proposals on November 20 from six motorcycle taxi companies, namely, Citimuber, JoyRide, MoveIt, EsetGo, Sakay, and VroomGo, which are all aspiring to participate in the pilot run.

“We want to determine their operational readiness and compliance,” Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) member Antonio Gardiola Jr. said.

Gardiola, who heads the TWG, said the extension is seen as an expansion of the study and giving the riding public a wider choice, and “thus push the multiple providers to ensure a higher standard of service.”

He added that the pilot run extension also aims to provide the TWG more time to widen the scope of their study on appropriate standards and capacities for motorcycles to be considered safe, convenient, and eligible for franchise.

The TWG is composed of members that include representatives from the DOTr, LTFRB, Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic.

“We also want to determine whether or not motorcycles are really a safe and viable form of public transportation. That is always our priority — the safety, security, and comfort of the riding public,” Gardiola further stated.

In May, the DOTr allowed ride-hailing service Angkas to operate for six months as motorcycle taxi for six months starting June.

The pilot run was approved in aid of legislation for both the House of Representatives and the Senate to evaluate pending bills pushing for the legalization of motorcycles as public utility vehicles, as well as amendment of existing laws such as Republic Act No. 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code.

The TWG said it has already submitted its recommendation, and a decision on the proposed extension will be released in the coming days.

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