Franchise suspension threatens transport groups imposing unauthorized fare hikes
UNTV News • January 9, 2018 • 3739
MANILA, Philippines – On a Facebook post of netizen Sheila Crisostomo, a poster at a UV express terminal shows an advisory to its passengers about the P5.00 increase in its fares.
Based on the said poster, from the previous P45, the fares at the said UV express terminal will increase to P50 for trips from Meycauyan, Bulacan to Quezon City.
It also stated that the said fare hike is due to the expected increase in petroleum prices due to the implementation of the government’s Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusive or TRAIN law.
This prompted the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to issue a stern warning against transport groups implementing unauthorized fare hikes.
“To all public utility vehicle operators, you are not allowed to implement a fare hike on your own. Doing so is unauthorized,” Atty. Aileen Lizada said.
Under the Joint Administrative Order Number 2014-1, operators who would implement a fare hike will face a P 5,000 penalty for the 1ST offense.
Second-time offenders will have to pay a fine of P 10,000 and 60 day-suspension and withdrawal of their for-hire plates.
Those who will commit the offense for the 3rd time will face cancellation of their franchise.
Atty. Lizada explained that only Philippine National Taxi Operators Association (PNTOA) and Grab Philippines have submitt a d petition for a fare increase to the LTFRB.
She noted the LTFRB Board could release a resolution in March since they still have to conduct a thorough consultation with the National Economic and Development Authority or NEDA and commuters groups before deciding on the fare hike petition.
The LTFRB also calls on passengers to immediately inform them about any public utility drivers, operators, or groups that take unfair advantage of the situation.
“Take a picture of the signage, if there are any. Or take a picture of the plate number or their routes and let us know. The account is LTFRB citizen enforcer on Facebook or Twitter. It’s better if you could take a video, so we could issue the necessary show-cause order,” Lizada said.
The agency is set to conduct a special board meeting on Wednesday to begin the discussions on the petition for fare increase filed by PNTOA and Grab Philippines. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines – Ride-hailing firm Grab Philippines on Thursday called on its partner-drivers to exercise restraint before doing anything that could negatively impact bookings, following a group’s threat to stage a transport holiday on Monday (July 8).
Groups of ride-sharing drivers and operators earlier said they will temporarily stop operations on Monday, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. to launch a protest against the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
In a statement, Grab PH said that although it recognizes the right to free speech, peaceful assembly and support the groups’ “call for smoother process and faster timelines,” it urged drivers to dialogue with regulators and commuters.
“We urge our Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) partners to show utmost restraint before taking actions that could negatively impact the ability of passengers to book rides,” it said.
“We encourage our TNVS partners to work with us, with passengers, and with our regulators to address TNVS pain points through dialogue/ let is take the high road and to not resort to any rash actions that would directly affect the passengers we are committed to serve,” it added.
The ride-hailing company earlier deactivated driver accounts who failed to submit proof of provisional authority to operate from the LTFRB.
MANILA, Philippines – Ride-hailing service Grab Philippines is set to deactivate at least 8,000 transport network vehicle services (TNVS) by June 10.
Grab president Brian Cu said in a statement on Monday that the driver accounts to be removed belong to those who failed to submit proof of provisional authority to operate from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
In December, the LTFRB opened 20,000 slots for TNVS drivers and those who applied have only until June 7 to complete their applications.
Cu admitted that their reduced number of vehicles servicing commuters will inconvenience many passengers.
“This is very painful for us, our drivers, and passengers, but it is Grab’s duty to help the LTFRB enforce our regulations,” he said.
Cu, however, remained hopeful that the inconvenience will only be temporary, and urged new drivers – even those among the 8,000 driver accounts – to take advantage of the 10,000 TNVS slots that the LTFRB will open starting June 10.
New drivers should quickly apply for the new slots as the deactivation of the 8,000 TNVS would worsen the current lack of drivers, according to Cu.
“At the end of the day, many Filipinos will suffer from this painful step – both the drivers and the passengers. We would want to avoid this from happening, but we are bound to comply with our regulator,” he said.
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