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LTFRB orders preventive suspension against 10 Dimple Star buses

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, 22 March 2018 02:42 AM

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

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, 27 February 2019 08:51 AM

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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Student passengers can still avail fare discounts on holidays – LTFRB

by admin   |   Posted on Friday, 21 December 2018 06:02 PM

Civil Engineering student Joselito Derudar was excited to come home in Masbate to spend time with his family this holiday season.

However, his trip was delayed when the bus conductor rejected him to avail his 20 percent discount as a student.

“Sabi noong papuntang Pilar P750 raw [pamasahe] minus P150. Malaki na kasi iyong P150. Syempre sa isang estudyante nag-aaral ka pa lang wala ka pang sweldo kailangan namin ng pera,” he said when he reported the incident to authorities.

Michael Aresco, the conductor defended that they couldn’t give student discounts because classes were on break and the holidays already started though it  is still a weekday.

“‘Pagka wala kasing pasok nakalagay doon sa may taripa, fare matrix may nakalagay doon na during school day may discount pero kapag walang pasok, no discount,” said Aresco.

Eventually, an LTFRB officer came and reminded the conductor to allow Joselito and other students proper discounts.

“Kakaconfirm lang po sa amin noong head namin mayroon po tayong discount estudyante as long as maprovide po iyong ID at valid po siya kahit holiday po. Kahit holiday meron po,” said LTFRB transport inspector Ian Mangaring.

In 2017, LTFRB released a memorandum circular on student discount even on days without classes, weekend and holidays.

On the start of December this year, a proposition edifying the 20% student discount has passed the technical working group in the House of Representatives.

For Joselito, it is important to have a basic knowledge on the law to be able to defend your rights in times of need.

“Nakita namin iyong karapatan namin bilang  estudyante. Dapat nagbabasa ka ng batas, alam mo iyong karapatan mo bilang Pinoy. Malaking tulong na rin kasi iyong 20 percent na discount,” said Derudar. — with reports from Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue

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LTFRB opens 20,000 slots for new TNVS applications

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, 18 December 2018 10:14 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has opened 20,000 slots for new applications for transport network vehicle service (TNVS).

The agency said the newly opened slots are part of the initial 65,000 capacity set for TNVS.

According to LTFRB, they decided to open more slots because of the lower turnout of applicants in the previously set online application.

Interested applicants may visit LTFRB’s website www.ltfrb.ph.net.

Application is open from December 17, 2019 to January 2, 2019.

The LTFRB reminds TNVS applicants to secure all documents for faster processing. – UNTV News and Rescue

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