LTFRB to accept franchise application next month

admin   •   April 27, 2017   •   44181

MANILA — Beginning next month, the LTFRB will once again accept franchise applications.

This is after the Department of Transportation (DOTr) signed the omnibus franchise guidelines for all the public utility vehicles in the country.

The LTFRB believes that this will resolve the problems on out-of-line vehicles as well as the shortage in public utility vehicles (PUV).

“Given the long standing moratorium possible pa na mas maraming madadagdag na prangkisa rather than mawawala,” LTFRB chairman Atty. Martin Delgra said. (Given the long standing moratorium, it is possible that many franchise routes will be added rather than lessened.)

Public utility jeepney traversing EDSA-North Avenue travel without a franchise. Due to a high demand from passengers, jeepney drivers are forced to traverse EDSA-North Avenue. This problem can be solved once the application for franchise is opened.

The LTFRB will get the list of routes that need public transportation from the local government units.

If approved, LTFRB will give franchise for public utility vehicles in the said routes

“For local routes hihintayin namin yung transport route plan ng mga LGU bago kami magpalabas ng prangkisa yan ang basis ng LTFRB,” Atty. Delgra added. (For local routes, we will wait for the transport route plan of the LGU’s before we issue new franchise. That is the basis of LTFRB.)

For their part, jeepney drivers appeal to LTFRB to conduct a thorough study before declaring additional routes on EDSA.

“Kung sa aking lang hindi pwede ganun, kasi delikadong lugar po ang tinatawag na Edsa para jeep, lalo na malalaking sasakyan ang dumadaan dyan,” Ricky dela Cruz, a jeep driver said. (As for me, that is not acceptable. Because EDSA is dangerous for jeepneys, especially large vehicles traverse EDSA.)

“Pwedeng lagyan yun kaya lang kung madalang ang pasahero wala ring saysay yun,” Steward Rada, a jeepney driver said. (That can be implemented but if there are only a few passengers, that will not be profitable.)

Meanwhile, passengers have varying opinions on the matter.

“Siguro makakatulong rin kasi hindi na tatawid yung tao dito na sasakay,” commuter Ruben Cruz said. (Perhaps that will be helpful so that people need not cross the street. They will just take a ride here.)

“Magsisikip po yung traffic kung maglalagay ka ng jeep dyan di ka rin makakausad di maglakad ka na lang,” commuter Ariel Morales said. (Traffic will get heavier if there will be jeepneys there. Vehicles will not move. You will just walk.)

Transport group Pasang Masda has also appealed to LTFRB.

“Sana po ay inyong piliin ang mga tamang tao na siyang dapat magkaroon ng prangkisa hindi po magkaroon ng palakasan sa inyo. At bigyan po ng tamang kaayusan ang pagbibigay ng rekomendasyon sa Department of Transportation at LTFRB (Be fair in giving out franchises and not based on connections. There should be a proper procedure in giving recommendations to DOTr and LTFRB),” said Obet Martin of Pasang Masda.

The LTFRB assured that they will be very careful in approving new routes so as not to add problems to the current traffic situation especially in Metro Manila. — Mon Jocson | 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.

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.

DOTr launches Cavite-Manila ‘water jeepney’ ferry service

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 9, 2019

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) officially launched the Cavite–Manila Ferry Service on Sunday (December 8).

Starting Monday (December 9), passengers can avail the ferry service from Cavite City Port Terminal going to the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex in Pasay City, and to the Liwasang Bonifacio Terminal (Plaza Lawton) in Manila, and vice versa.

According to the DOTr, travel time from Cavite City Port Terminal to Liwasang Bonifacio Terminal is estimated at 40 to 45 minutes. Meanwhile, travel time between the Cavite City Port Terminal and CCP, and vice versa, is around 15 minutes.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Secretary said the fares for both ferry services are still under negotiation. Tugade said that he will push for lower prices.

“Andito kami ngayon pagka’t hangarin namin na ilunsad at i-revive ang ferry operation ng Cavite. Itong operation ng Cavite ay matagal ding nawala, matagal ding nakalimutan, kaya sabi namin, umpisahan, buhayin, at itaguyod ulit iyong ferry operation ng Cavite, (We are here to launch and revive the ferry operation of Cavite. This operation in Cavite had long been gone so we told ourselves that we would revive this operation)” he said.

He also said that passengers can get a free ride from December 9 to January 9, 2020.—AAC


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