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LTFRB encourages public to file complaints against abusive TNVS

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Some netizens have expressed dismay over the high fare of the transport network company Grab following Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board’s (LTFRB) suspension order against Uber.

As several complaints have already reached their office, LTFRB Chairperson Martin Delgra III is still encouraging the public to file their complaints to agency against abusive transport network vehicle services (TNVS).

And if Grab indeed committed unfair surge pricing, it will also be penalized by LTFRB.

“I was told about it and we have been monitoring it.  And we told Grab to stay on the cap that we have imposed as early as December 27, 2016, where they are allowed a surge of twice as much as the basic rates. I will have to call their attention as regards that and if need be, we will penalize Grab as well,” said Delgra.

Grab mentioned that surge pricing will be normal since there is higher demand from commuters after the suspension of Uber.

However, the increase is inevitable not only during peak hours and rainy days.

“There might be some slight increase because what happens now is if before there was only surge during peak hours there might be more times during the day that it is the surge algorithm and prices will adjust,” said Grab Philippines Country Head Brian Cu.

Meanwhile, Delgra addressed an online query of a netizen asking if pooling a ride with friends who volunteer to shell out cash for a gasoline expense is considered a colorum ride.

The LTFRB chief said this falls under the public service law and should follow the regulation on public transportation.

However, it is a  different case if the ride is not free.

“When you take in a passenger for a fee, then you undertake a public transportation service,” said the LTFRB chairman. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

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Pets now allowed inside PUVs—LTFRB

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Saturday, April 27th, 2019

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The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has allowed pets inside Public Utility Vehicle (PUV).

Based on their amendent of Memorandum Circular No. 2011-004 with MC 2019-019, the LTFRB now allows passengers to bring their pets inside PUVs under following conditions:

  • The animals are in carriers or cages and placed at the designated animal compartment of the PUV should there be other passengers inside the PUV.
  • If there are no other passengers, pets may be allowed to be carried by the owner as long as said animals are free from foul odor and that the owner maintains cleanliness and sanitation.
  • Owners should take responsibility for the damage that the pet may cause, including the cleaning and sanitation of the PUV, as may be necessary.
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In LTFRB’s previous policy, they prohibited operators from loading animals inside their PUVs.—Aileen Cerrudo

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MMDA to implement No Window Hours in Metro; to remove provincial bus terminals in EDSA

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Friday, March 29th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is set to unify the No Window Hours policies of the different cities in Metro Manila.

This, after Metro Manila mayors agreed on its uniform implementation to prevent confusion among motorists.

MMDA General Manager Jose Arthuro Garcia said, “Kasi diba may lumabas na per city may window. Pagtawid mo may window na naman, nagkakagulo, nagagalit ang tao nalilito. That’s why we requested na baka puwede standard na tayo wala nang may window (Each city has its own window [hours]. It confuses people. That’s why we requested to make it standard, no more window [hours]).”

This means that vehicles covered by a day’s number coding will no longer be allowed on EDSA and other major thoroughfares in the metro, from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.

The MMDA is quick to add, however, that this does not cover the cities where there is no number coding scheme; such as, Navotas, Pateros, Marikina, Taguig and Muntinlupa.

This, however, has to wait until ordinances regarding window hours in all cities are revised and updated.

Meanwhile, the MMDA is also set to remove the terminals of provincial buses in Metro Manila.

These terminals will be transferred to the Valenzuela and Sta. Rosa, Laguna interim terminals, as well as to the Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX).

“Ang target natin dyan by June dapat wala na yan [We target to remove them by June] not only in EDSA but the whole Metro Manila,” Garcia added.

First to go are the provincial bus terminals along EDSA.

For its part, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will start the processing of the franchises of Metro city buses that will ferry passengers to and fro the interim terminals.

The MMDA will conduct the necessary dry run to help the buses and passengers get used to the new system, before its actual implementation.  – Maris Federez (with reports from Joan Nano)

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LTFRB: Pantawid Pasada cards may only be claimed until Feb. 28

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) reminds legitimate franchise holders of Public Utility Jeepneys (PUJ) that they only have until Thursday, February 28 to claim their fuel cards under the government’s Pantawid Pasada program.

Under the program, fuel vouchers in the form of cash cards will be provided to PUJ qualified franchise holders to help them cope with the additional excise tax on fuel products under the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law.

For 2019, PUJ drivers are given P20,514 under the program. The fuel cards are processed by the Land Bank of the Philippines and funded through the TRAIN Act.

Drivers can use the Pantawid Pasada cards in select gasoline stations across the country.

The LTFRB in a statement said that around 86,000 cards are yet to be distributed to beneficiaries nationwide out of the more than 170,000 national target of beneficiaries in 2018.

For beneficiaries who cannot personally claim their fuel cards, the LTFRB reiterated that they are already accepting notarized Special Power of Attorney (SPA) that can be downloaded from their website or are available in their office.

The notarized SPA can be brought by the beneficiary’s representatives to their respective LTFRB offices, along with an original photocopy of identification card of the franchise holder and of the representative; original OR/CR, original copy of CPC or proof of franchise, and recent photo of qualified franchise holder.

The board also urged the public to visit their accounts on social media for the complete list of fuel subsidy program beneficiaries. – Robie de Guzman (with reports from Mon Jocson)

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