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LTFRB eyes fare regulation for school services

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, June 14th, 2018

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) convened operators of school services in Metro Manila on Thursday, June 14, to discuss a system and a fare matrix to be imposed on school services.

Based on the current system, school service fares are up to the decision of operators which they present to school management for approval.

To come up with a unified system, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the LTFRB agreed to create a technical working group that will assess and analyze how much fare a school service should charge.

According to the group “Magkakaisang Alyansa ng mga School Service,” they are currently charging a monthly fare of P1,500 per student which they claim is not enough to cover the vehicle maintenance expenses and to cope up with rising prices of oil fuel. Aside from this, the group added that competition among school services is high as tricycles are also being utilized as service for students.

DOTr Undersecretary Thomas Orbos, meanwhile, assured that they will review the use of tricycles as school services in consideration of  areas where tricycles are the only mode of transportation.

LTFRB is yet to decide on a fare matrix on school services. – Joan Nano / Marje Pelayo

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LTFRB to open 10,000 slots for TNVS applications on Aug. 24

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, August 17th, 2018

QUEZON CITY, Phillipines – Private vehicle owners may soon apply accreditation to operate a transport network vehicle service (TNVS) unit.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will resume accepting TNVS applications beginning August 24.

LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra said a total of 10,000 slots will be opened for prospective applicants.

The procedure will be online through the LTFRB website where the application form and the list of requirements will be posted.

Once the application is lodged, the LTFRB will notify the applicant for appearance to claim the franchise.

All 10,000 slots will be added to the existing 55,000 active operators already in the database of the agency to complete the 65,000 supply cap that the LTFRB set for TNVS.

Meanwhile, the LTFRB has marked September 1 as the deadline for the processing of franchise to operators already in the master list.

Once completed, the agency plans to kick-start its crackdown against colorum TNVS units. – Joan Nano / Marje Pelayo

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LTFRB calibrates, reseal taxi meters

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 31st, 2018



QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) held a calibration and reseal of taxi meters on Tuesday (July 31) to ensure accurate fares are charged.

Around 50 taxi cab drivers were accommodated for the activity held at a vacant lot in Paranaque City.

During the process, the agency initially checks the taxi meters. If found defective, the unit will be returned to its operator for fixing.

The LTFRB said only those that underwent the process will be allowed to impose the fare increase.

As of October last year, taxi fares have been adjusted with the flag down rate set at P40, the first kilometer at P13.50, and the per minute travel time is P2.

For taxi drivers and operators interested in applying for meter recalibration, they have to fill-out a calibration form, submit the necessary documents and undergo the evaluation process.

The LTFRB also requires the cabs to be app-based, to install CCTV, GPS device, and a dashboard camera.

But if they are yet to have these gadgets, the LTFRB is giving the operator two months upon calibration to comply with these upgrades.

The LTFRB will conduct the taxi meter calibration and reseal from Mondays to Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.which will run until November this year. – Joan Nano / Marje Pelayo

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DOTr starts operating P2P buses en route from Bulacan to QC

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, July 30th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: A Point-to-Point (P2P) bus commissioned by the Department of Transportation

BULACAN, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has started the mobilization of point-to-point (P2P) buses en route Bulacan to Quezon City to ease commuter problems.

A total of thirty (30) P2P buses have started moving from Sta. Maria and Malolos terminals to North Avenue in Quezon City.

The buses are equipped with CCTV camera, free Wi-Fi service and air conditioning unit. They are also PWD-friendly as they are equipped with a platform to assist persons with disability (PWD) or wheelchair-bound passengers.

Ordinary buses charge P40 per passenger from Sta. Maria to North Avenue. P2P buses charge P70 per passenger and a discounted price of P56 for senior citizens. Though slightly expensive, passengers said they prefer the convenience they get from availing the P2P bus service.

“Napakaginhawa pagsakay namin ditto, pagbaba doon na sa pupuntahan. Ang kaibahan ay napakalamig, maluwag, hindi siksikan na gaya ng pagsakay namin sa ibang bus,” said passenger Lourdes del Rosario, a senior citizen.

LTFRB’s Atty. Aileen Lizada explained, “Ang end objective naman natin dito ay ang riding public. Ang computation nito per kilometer is four pesos pero makikita ninyo, worth it na ang pera ninyo. Mayroong Wi-Fi. You are very safe. Seats can recline. You are very comfortable on your ride.”

P2P buses en route Bulacan to North Avenue are available Mondays to Saturdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Operations from North Avenue to Malolos or Sta. Maria in Bulacan start at 7:00 a.m. t0 10:00 p.m. – Gerry Galicia / Marje Pelayo

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