LTFRB orders removal of card fees for stored value cards in PUVs
Marje Pelayo • October 7, 2020 • 335
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)
MANILA, Philippines – Magbubukas na sa susunod na linggo ang Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) ng sampung ruta para sa pagbiyahe ng 269 point-to-point (P2P) provincial buses papasok at palabas ng Metro Manila.
Ayon sa LTFRB, alinsunod ito sa memorandum circular 2020-082 na inilabas matapos payagan ng Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) ang pagpasada ng mga provincial bus sa mga pinapayagang point-to-point routes.
Sa ilalim ng memorandum circular, ang mga ruta na bubuksan sa Disyembre 21 ay ang mga sumusunod:
Clark, Pampanga – SM North EDSA
Clark, Pampanga – NAIA Terminal (With Limited Stop in Ortigas)
Clark, Pampanga – Lubao, Pampanga (With Specials Stops in San Fernando and Angeles City)
Clark, Pampanga – Dagupan, Pangasinan (With Special Stops at Rosales and Urdaneta, Pangasinan)
Clark, Pampanga – Subic, Zambales (With Special Stop at Dinalupihan, Bataan)
NAIA/Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITx) – Baguio City
Batangas City – Ortigas
Batangas City – Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITx)
Lipa City, Batangas – Ortigas
Lipa City, Batangas – Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITx)
Ayon sa LTFRB, maaaring magbiyahe ang mga roadworthy PUV na may valid at existing Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC) o Application for Extension of Validity, at kinakailangang naka-rehistro sa Personal Passenger Insurance Policy ang bawat unit sa mga rutang nakapaloob sa MC.
Binigyang-diin naman ng ahensiya na kailangan ng special permit ang mga provincial P2P bus na bibiyahe sa mga inter-regional routes sa labas ng Metro Manila.
MANILA, Philippines — Provincial bus operators are gearing up for the surge of passengers bound for the provinces this holiday season especially in implementing strict health and safety protocols against coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The group welcomes the opportunity to operate as they expect more routes to open for provincial buses.
“We are very grateful dun sa decision ng Malacañang and kung ano man yung safety protocols we are willing to abide by all the safety protocols. Willing na willing kami at welcome na welcome yang announcement na yan,” said Alex Yage, President of the Provincial Bus Operators Association.
But the group wants to have a specific list of routes that will open for provincial buses considering that several provinces still couldn’t open their borders for travellers from Metro Manila.
The group also appeals to authorities to allow them to reopen their terminals in Metro Manila to minimize inconvenience for transiting passengers.
Based on the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) data, several routes have been reopened for provincial buses since the month of September.
These routes include:
Pampanga (San Fernando, Apalit)
Meanwhile, there remain no available routes open for the following provinces:
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