LTFRB orders Grab to lower surge pricing

admin   •   April 11, 2018   •   3384

MANILA, Philippines — Grab driver, Wilson Esteras, is now worried because his income will surely be affected.

This was after Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) ordered Grab to lower their surge pricing to 1.5 from the times 2.

Esteras explained that the usual fare of P120 during rush hour will now become P90 due to the order.

“To be honest, malungkot (it’s disappointing). Malungkot yun kasi syempre magbabawas na naman ng kita namin. Sana rin yung fare increase na i-finile ni Grab na dinedemand yung fare hike sana ma-approve para at least makabawi kami sa operational cost namin kasi ang gas tumataas rin naman kasi,” said the Grab driver.

(To be honest, it’s sad. It’s sad because, of course, our income will be reduced again. We hope that the fare hike filed by Grab will be approved so we can at least recoup our operational costs because fuel prices also increase.)

LTFRB said that the 1.5 surge pricing will remain until the board approves the application of the three transport network vehicles (TNCs).

Grab, on the other hand, said this will surely affect the income of their drivers.

But Grab warned their drivers not to take advantage of passengers because of the order.

“We ask the riding public paki report po agad (promptly report) any opportunity possible kapag may ganito (if there are such cases) because we will fully take action,” said Grab head of public affairs Leo Gonzales.

Drivers opposed the statement of Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) partylist Representative Koko Nograles to return the P1.8 billion that Grab overcharged from its passengers.

Grab driver, Wilson, said this will be a problem because they have already earned it.

“Kami ang mag suffer. At pag kami nag-suffer, lahat kami technically, hindi makakabayad ng monthly amortization. Wala kami papakain sa pamilya namin. So si Congressman Nograles ba sasagot sa mga pagkain ng pamilya namin?” said Esteras.

(We are the ones who will suffer. And if we suffer, all of us technically will not be able to pay monthly amortization. We won’t have anything to feed our family with. So, is Congressman Nograles going to feed our families?)

Nograles said they will conduct an oversight committee hearing if the LTFRB will not investigate the case.

LTFRB may also be charged with graft if they will not act on the case.

“Kung hindi po sila gagalaw para i-refund ang pera ng taong bayan, ibig sabihin doon sila pumanig sa Grab at hindi sa taong bayan. Kaya ang LTFRB ginawa yan para protektahan ang taong-bayan,” said Nograles.

(If they will not move to refund the people’s money, it would mean they are siding with Grab and not the people. LTFRB was created to protect the people.) — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

LTFRB opens 44 new PUJ routes, allows 4,820 more jeepneys on Metro Manila streets

Marje Pelayo   •   October 14, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) through the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has opened additional 44 routes of the traditional public utility jeepneys (PUJ) on Tuesday (October 13). 

Aside from this, the agency also allowed 4,820 PUJ units to ply routes in Metro Manila as stated in the Memorandum Circular 2020-058 dated Saturday (October 10).

Overall, a total of 27,016 traditional PUJs are now operating on 302 routes across Metro Manila since the government opened transportation with the implementation of General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

The agency said it is working on opening more routes for PUVs to address the need for mass transport as business further reopen. 

This was after public transport capacity was limited amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) unit breakdown in Metro Manila since operation started on June 1, 2020:

Traditional Public Utility Jeepney (PUJ)

  • No. of routes opened: 302
  • No. of authorized units: 27,016

Modern Public Utility Jeepney (PUJ)

  • No. of routes opened: 48
  • No. of authorized units: 845

Public Utility Buses (PUB)

  • No. of routes: 34
  • No. of authorized units: 4,016

Point-to-point buses (P2P)

  • No. of routes opened: 34
  • No. of authorized units: 387

UV Express

  • No. of routes opened: 76
  • No. of authorized units: 3,263

Taxi

  • No. of authorized units: 20,927

Transport Network Vehicles Services (TNVS)

  • No. of authorized units: 24,356

Provincial Public Utility Bus (PUB)

  • No. of routes opened: 12
  • No. of authorized units: 286

Modern UV Express

  • No. of routes opened: 2
  • No. of authorized units: 40

LTFRB orders removal of card fees for stored value cards in PUVs

Marje Pelayo   •   October 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), through Memorandum Circular 2020-057, ordered all automated fare collection system (AFCS) providers to remove card fees for stored-value cards used in public utility vehicles (PUVs).

“The Board hereby directs all Public Utility operators and/or Automatic Fare Collection Systems (AFCS) to remove any charges or fees imposed for the purchase/use of their cards on top of the fare load,” the memorandum said covering all buses, modern jeepneys and taxis among others.

The measure was in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s call following complaints from passengers of the EDSA Busway System over ‘expensive’ Beep cards at P80.00.

Failure to comply with the directive would incur them fines or suspension.

“Failure  of the concerned operator and/or provider to comply with this issuance shall cause for the immediate suspension of the automatic fare collection system, aside from the penalties to be imposed pursuant to existing issuances of this Board against the operators concern,” the memorandum stressed.

Beep card operator AF Payments Incorporated said it has not received a copy of the memorandum just yet and discussions are still ongoing on the matter.

But at Monumento station in Caloocan, purchase of Beep cards has been suspended and only the fare loading service is allowed.

The agency will have the Memorandum Circular printed and published in major newspapers and the directive will be in effect starting October 9.

Still, the ‘No Beep card, No Ride’ policy remains suspended at EDSA Busway system. MNP (with details from Joan Nano)

LTFRB mulls resuming operations of provincial buses from Metro Manila

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 16, 2020

After six months of temporary suspension due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Land Transportation Franchise and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is now eyeing to resume operations of provincial buses from Metro Manila.

LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra said they are continuously preparing and coordinating with several local governments on the possible return of provincial buses.

However, there are still provinces that continue to ban the entry of travelers from Metro Manila. Delgra said only Antique, Quirino, and Bataan agreed to open its doors to buses coming from Metro Manila.

“Whatever the case may be, we need to closely coordinate with the LGUs concerned because at the end of every trip it is the LGU that will receive and manage passengers in their respective jurisdictions,” he said.

Meanwhile, several local officials recommended a point-to-point scheme for provincial buses. The LTFRB reiterated they will also consider the areas along the route of the buses.

“They are suggesting na parang point to point po iyong pagbi-biyahe,” Delgra said.

Provincial bus operators have been appealing to the government to allow the resumption of their operations even if its on a limited capacity. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

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