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LTFRB plans to cancel licenses of erring taxi drivers

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, August 25th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — To address common complaints of passengers on taxi drivers, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is coordinating with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) for possible heavier punishment to drivers.

On the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon,LTFRB chief Martin Delgra III said they are planning on cancelling the licenses of drivers.

Through this, Delgra said, taxi drivers will refrain from rejecting and over charging passengers.

“If there are erring taxis, of course it will affect the operators, but the taxi drivers on first offense, will be slapped with 3 months suspension, not fine, because [suspension] is heavier. Second offense is 6 months suspension, third offense is cancellation,” said Delgra.

He added that the new policy will be effective as soon as possible.

The LTFRB urges the public to assert their rights as passengers and report immediately to their office any incident of wrongdoings by taxi drivers.

“There has to be a change in social behavior of people. They usually anticipate that drivers will reject them,” said Delgra. “During those situations, assert your rights before you complain to LTFRB.”

Amid all complaints against taxi drivers, the LTFRB said they will be giving out more franchises of taxi cabs.

To address the issues against drivers, the LTFRB mandated them to attend the Drivers Academy wherein they are being reminded of the basic traffic rules, road safety, anger management and proper treatment to passengers.

LTFRB plans to make this a requirement to taxi operators before hiring drivers. — Joyce Balancio | UNTV News & Rescue

WATCH ALSO: Live social experiment on taxi vs TNVS ride with LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III on Get It Straight with Daniel Razon 

 

 

 

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Student passengers can still avail fare discounts on holidays – LTFRB

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, December 21st, 2018

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, December 18th, 2018

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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LTFRB cancels franchise of entire Dimple Star fleet

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

 

A Dimple Star bus unit

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) canceled on Wednesday (December 5) the franchise of the entire Dimple Star fleet.

This is in relation to the March 20 incident which resulted in death of 19 individuals and injury of 21 others when a Dimple Star bus fell off a cliff in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro.

Based on the data of the LTFRB, Dimple Star has been involved in 8 accidents wherein 25 individuals died and 134 others got injured.

LTFRB chair Martin Delgra said that they have decided to cancel the franchise of Dimple Star bus company due to the repeated negligence of the company and to prevent the recurrence of accidents. — UNTV News & Rescue

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