Franchise suspension threatens transport groups imposing unauthorized fare hikes

UNTV News   •   January 9, 2018   •   3845


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

Authorities caught motorcycle riders in Cagayan de Oro operating under Angkas

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 7, 2020

Authorities have caught several motorcycle riders operating as taxi service under the ride-hailing app Angkas in Cagayan De Oro City which is outside of the designated Motorcycle Taxi Service Pilot Implementation Study area.

After receiving several complaints, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Region 10 office conducted the operation against several units of Angkas. The motorcycles were immediately impounded.

In a Facebook post of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the riders were “reported to have been violating the terms of the MC Taxi Pilot Study guidelines adopted by the Technical Working Group (TWG).”

“Under current transport laws, Motorcycles are strictly prohibited from being utilized as public transportation. The exception now is the ongoing MC Pilot Study program being implemented by the TWG in Metro Manila and Metro Cebu only,” the post reads

Under the law, riders who are operating colorum motorcycles will be fined P6,000.

The pilot test run is still on-going and is expected to be done by March 23, 2020.

Meanwhile, the Quezon City Regional Trial Court was not in favor with the request of the Lawyers for Commuters Safety to suspend operations of other motorcycle taxis.

Based on the court’s decision, the group presented insufficient evidence for the court to provide a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against other motorcycle taxis for hire.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

Transport groups seek for Php11 minimum fare on jeepneys

Maris Federez   •   December 27, 2019

Commuters try to board a jeepney in Quezon City, Philippines, 30 September 2019. EPA-EFE/ROLEX DELA PENA

MANILA, Philippines — Several transport groups will be filing a petition for a minimum fare of Php11 on public utility jeepneys (PUJ).

Pasang Masda president, Obet Martin, said they will file their fare hike petition to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in January alongside the implementation of the third tranche of the excise tax on petroleum products.

Martin said the Php2 increase on the current minimum fare of Php9 is to help jeepney drivers and operators recover from the additional tax on oil products that will be imposed on them.

“Sa akin ay talagang kontrang kontra ang aking damdamin sa pagtataas subalit wala po akong magagawa sapagka’t ang presyo po ng aming ginagamit na panggatong o itong diesel eh tumaas na naman po,” Martin said.

The price hike on petroleum products will take effect on January 1, 2020, in accordance with Republic Act 10963 or the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law.

The fare increase that the group is seeking will further rise to Php12 in case crude prices also further increase.

Pasang Masda, along with other transport groups, will soon be convening to discuss the petition that they will file in January. — (from the report of Asher Cadapan, Jr.) /mbmf

LTFRB reinforces Oplan Isnabero vs errant cab drivers

Robie de Guzman   •   December 20, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – With the anticipated influx of passengers this holiday season, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will strengthen its “Oplan Isnabero” against errant taxi drivers.

In a statement, the LTFRB said the heightened operations will begin on December 20, Friday and will last until January 3, 2020.

Oplan Isnabero is a nationwide campaign by the LTFRB, in partnership with local malls, against taxi drivers who refuse to convey passengers, do not give change to passengers, do not wear identification card, do not reach out to people with disabilities, pregnant women and senior citizens, do not properly use taxi meters, and do not observe driving safety rules.

The LTFRB first launched the operation in December 2016. It aims to protect passengers from cab drivers who do not comply with the attached rules and requirements of their franchise.

The agency urged the public anew to file a complaint against taxi drivers who violate the said policy.

For queries and concerns, the public may reach the LTFRB through its hotline 1342 or via its official Facebook page and e-mail address. They may also call the DOTr hotline 8790 8300 / 8790 8400.

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