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LTFRB orders preventive suspension against 10 Dimple Star buses

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

LTFRB board member Atty. Aileen Lizada checks the tires of a Dimple Star Bus (Joan Nano / UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Following an inspection on Wednesday by personnel of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) at the terminal of Dimple Star bus firm, the agency prohibited two bus units of the company.

The two bus units were supposed to travel to Iloilo but were found to have bald tires with holes.

The thread near the bus tires was already loose, while one of the units had no document.

Because of this, LTFRB banned the two buses from operating, while its passengers were transferred to other bus firms.

“Bakit nadidispatch ang ganitong klase ng bus? (Why are they allowing buses like these to be dispatched?) Where is the safety protocol or measure ng Dimple Star?” LTFRB board member Atty. Aileen Lizada said.

Although the inspection caused inconvenience, passengers were glad that the LTFRB discovered the defects.

“Malaking abala to pero buhay to. Dapat talaga bago sila umaalis, talagang sinisiguro nila na safe ang mga pasahero,” said bus passenger, Salnie Francisco.

(It is a huge inconvenience but live are at stake. Before buses leave, they should ensure the safety of passengers.)

Meanwhile, the LTFRB imposed a 30-day preventive suspension on the firm’s 10 bus units with routes from Manila to San Jose Occidental Mindoro following the fatal accident on Tuesday that left 19 people dead and more than 20 others injured.

Aside from this, the LTFRB will also summon the bus operator, Hilbert Napat, and will be ordered to explain why their franchise should not be revoked or cancelled, and to identify the negligence of the company in the said accident.

The LTFRB set the hearing in connection with the case on April 18.

Meanwhile, the officials of the Passenger Accident Management and Insurance Agency (PAMI) will travel to Occidental Mindoro to process the financial assistance the relatives of the victims will receive.

Aside from this, the operator of Dimple Star bus also provided financial aid to the victims. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue

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Grab’s P2 per minute charge, suspended

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Credits: LTFRB, GRAB, Reuters

MANILA, Philippines — After Grab Philippines on Wednesday, admitted to imposing the unauthorized P2 per minute travel charge to its riders, the Land Transportation and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) suspended the implementation of the fare scheme.

The board had previously stressed that Grab implemented the said charge without their consent.

However, the LTFRB has yet to decide on calls for P3.2 million refund obligation of the company on the alleged overcharging issue.

Meanwhile, Grab is set to file a motion for consideration to appeal the suspension.

In the released statement of Grab PH, they said this may result in cease of service operations of their drivers and difficulty in booking rides of passengers. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue

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LTFRB approves 2 new TNCs

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, April 19th, 2018

(L-R) LTFRB Board Member Ronaldo Corpuz; Chairman Martin Delgra III; Board Member Atty. Aileen Lizada

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has approved the operation of two new transport network companies (TNCs) “Hype” and “Owto.”

In an advisory Wednesday, LTFRB Board Member Atty. Aileen Lizada said the agency granted certificate of accreditation to the two TNCs effective for two years.

Hype and Owto assured that their respective TNVS are private drivers with existing franchise.

Owto assured that, being a Filipino company, their services are cheaper than that of existing TNCs.

“The rates that we’ve submitted with the LTFRB are definitely lower than the rates being imposed by Grab. We’re a Filipino corporation. We don’t need to remit or to sustain foreign entities,” said Atty. Eloisa Bayani, the legal counsel of Owto.

Meanwhile, LTFRB also approved the accreditation of another ride-hailing firm “Hirna.” Unlike other TNCs who partner with private drivers, “Hirna” partners with taxi drivers as it aims to rebuild the image of taxi services in the country. “Hirna” does not require a booking fee but they charge based on what is recorded on the taxi meter.

“Wala tayong icha-charge na booking fee, zero (We will not charge any booking fees—zero). Whatever is in the meter is what you pay. Unlike other ride hailing apps na may booking fee na, may surge pa yung booking fee (that have booking fees that are subject to surge pricing),” Hirna president and CEO Francisco Mauricio explained.

LTFRB’s accreditation of additional TNC players was in response to the merger of Uber and Grab operations in Southeast Asia to prevent monopoly of services in the ride-hailing sector in the country. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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Dimple Star bus in Mindoro crash bought from junk shop

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Chairman Martin Delgra during an inspection at the crash site of Dimple Star Bus.

MANILA, Philippines — Owners of Dimple Star firm admitted that the bus unit in the Occidental Mindoro crash that left 19 people dead was sourced from a junk shop.

At the hearing of Land Transportation and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Hilbert Napat said that he just changed some parts of the bus and painted it to make it look new.

The LTFRB, on the other hand, was puzzled as to how the unit passed the motor vehicle inspection system of Land Transportation Office (LTO).

Following the confession of the operators, the LTFRB stands firm on their decision to suspend the firm’s operations.

The LTFRB will resume hearing the case on May 30. — UNTV News & Rescue

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