DOTr warns against malicious websites using Tugade’s name as clickbait

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 10, 2020   •   349

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is warning the public against malicious websites that use the name of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade as clickbait.

In an advisory, the department said these websites use Tugade’s driver’s license to lure internet users to a bitcoin website. The website requests users to supply personal information including phone numbers, email address, and passwords.

“The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is warning the public not to access and engage a malicious web page that uses a photo of a fake driver’s license of Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade as clickbait,” the advisory reads.

ADVISORYThe Department of Transportation (DOTr) is WARNING the public NOT TO ACCESS AND ENGAGE a malicious web page…

Posted by Department of Transportation – Philippines on Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The DOTr reiterates that the department and Secretary Tugade are not connected or affiliated with the said websites.

The department also reminds the public to be careful in accessing websites and providing information since it can be used for criminal purposes. AAC

DOTr moves implementation of cashless toll collections to December 1

Robie de Guzman   •   October 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday announced that the start of the implementation of full cashless transactions on expressways has been moved from November 2 to December 1.

In an advisory, the DOTr said the enforcement of the 100% cashless transaction was pushed to a later date to give more time for motorists who have yet to install radio frequency identification (RFID) stickers on their vehicles.

The Toll Regulatory Board (TRB), an attached agency of the DOTr supervising toll road operations, earlier said that the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) and the San Miguel Corporation (SMC) have expressed readiness to implement cashless toll collections but have extended the installation of the RFID stickers beyond November 2.

But according to the DOTr, the deadline will no longer be extended beyond December 1.

Motorists who fail to conform to the government mandate will be apprehended and issued a citation ticket, it added.

DOTr Assistant Secretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Mark Steven Pastor reminded motorists to make use of the extended deadline to have RFIDs installed in their vehicles as early as they can.

“Iwasan natin ‘yung kung kailan isang linggo na lang, tsaka tayo magmamadaling magpunta sa installation sites para magpakabit ng RFID. Now, we are extending the deadline to give further consideration. Let us use the extension wisely,” Pastor said.

The DOTr earlier issued Department Order 2020-012, which ordered the full implementation of cashless toll collections at expressways and major toll roads, in line with the government’s thrust to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and to avoid traffic congestion in toll plazas. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)

125,000 Beep cards to be given away free to EDSA Busway commuters

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 6, 2020

AF Payments Inc. (AFPI), the operator of Beep card, will be giving away 125,000 free cards to EDSA Busway commuters who cannot afford one.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr), in a statement, lauded AFPI for its decision to give commuters free Beep cards until a QR-based electronic ticketing system becomes operational.

“We thank AFPI for seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, and for considering the plight of our commuters who have just started to rebuild back their lives after a series of strict quarantine measures that put pressure both on their social lives and livelihoods. For them, every centavo counts,” the statement read.

The decision comes after the suspension of the ‘No Beep Card, No Entry’ policy which was first implemented last October 1.

Meanwhile, the Transportation Department said they are also reviewing the possible implementation of the QR code-based electronic ticketing system on the EDSA Busway.

“With the use of a smartphone app and/or through online, passengers of vessels can now buy virtual tickets. As this is a contactless technology, commuters are best assured of proper social distancing needed to prevent transmission of the coronavirus,” the DOTr said. AAC

Transport group questions ‘No Beep Card, No Ride’ policy

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 2, 2020

A transport group is questioning the ‘No Beep Card, No Ride’ policy which mandates commuters to have their own beep card with a secured maintaining balance to use the EDSA Busway.

Laban Konsyumer appealed to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to suspend the policy until the end of the year. The group’s president Vic Dimaguiba said the department should first clarify the policy, especially when purchasing the cards and maintaining balance.

Iyon po kasing sinasabi na kailangan may remaining balance na 65 pesos that’s a new policy. Ang pinaka-mahalaga po pag-aralan nila ay class ng consumer na gagamit ng beep card sa mga buses (What they say about having the remaining balance of 65 pesos, that’s a new policy. The most important thing they need to review is the class of consumers using beep cards in buses),” he said.

The Chief Commercial Officer of the AF Payments Inc. Sharon Fong, said the maintaining balance is needed in order for operators not to have income losses.

Imagine this scenario if we do not do that and iyong pasahero pays for the lowest fare and ita-tap niya lang is 10 pesos and he took the farthest fare malulugi naman po ang operators (Imagine this scenario if we do not do that and the passenger pays for the lowest fare and only tapped 10 pesos and he took the farthest fare, the operators will sustain losses),” she said.

Meanwhile, the DOTr clarified the difference between Beep Cards and cards used in Beep Rides. In a statement, the DOTr said Beep Cards are used in EDSA Busways, MRT, and LRT while Beep Ride Cards are used in modern jeepneys.

“What that PUV operator is selling is different from the Beep Card (Not Beep Rides Card) being used at the EDSA Busway / MRT / LRT. The actual beep card is interoperable with MRT and LRT. Beep Rides is a totally different company offering AFCS and has totally nothing to do with Beep by AF Payments,” the statement reads. -AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

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