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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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Fuel vouchers to be distributed in Marikina today

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, September 24th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Fuel Subsidy Card

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will be visiting Marikina City Hall Quadrangle today, September 24, to continue the fuel voucher distribution caravan for all public utility jeepney (PUJ) operators and drivers.

The distribution will begin at 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Operators or drivers need to bring relevant documents to prove ownership of the franchise in order to claim the Libreng Pantawid Pasada cards.

The caravan aims to simplify the process of allocating the fuel vouchers of the Pantawid Pasada Program to almost 200,000 registered PUJ operators across the country.

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DOTr belies report of approved P12 minimum jeepney fare

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, September 10th, 2018

The Department of Transportation has belied reports circulating on social media that the minimum jeepney fare is now P12.

A post by the Facebook page Philippinews Trend said that the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board has approved the P12 jeepney fare and will implement it starting November.

The DOTr refuted the claim and confirmed that the prevailing provisional fare for jeepneys is P9.00.

In a new post, Philippinews Trend apologized for the wrong information and explained that their FB account was allegedly hacked. They have since deleted the misleading article.

The DOTr reminds the public to be discerning about what you read online and to check official social media accounts instead for reliable information.

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Rush hour ban on buses to start Aug 15, total ban soon

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, August 9th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Jose Arturo said a total ban of provincial buses on EDSA is unlikely for now based on the current state of the Valenzuela Interim Terminal.

Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian joined MMDA and Land Transportation and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) officials at the inspection of Valenzuela Interim Terminal to assess if it can operate as a station for provincial buses starting August 15.

Aside from the ongoing construction works inside the terminal, MMDA noted several issues that need to be addressed.

Among these are the establishment of designated areas for provincial and city buses; management of queues for jeepneys, buses and UV Express vans that share the terminal; and completion of waiting sheds for passengers.

The MMDA has directed the Valenzuela City government to fast track the completion of the interim terminal within a month.

Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian said, “Give us a little bit more time. Di naman matagal na matagal, para maiayos lang yung terminal condition at tsaka yung mga sasalo na vehicles.”

Nevertheless, the MMDA will still implement on August 15 the ban of provincial buses on EDSA during rush hours.

This means that starting August 15, MMDA personnel will begin apprehending provincial buses on EDSA from 7am to 10am and 6pm to 9pm. Violators of the ordinance will be fined P2,000.

MMDA General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia said, “Yung dry run natin na kapag ang bus galing ng north, hanggang Cubao lang sila. Kapag galing south, hanggang Pasay. Pinahinga lang natin yung Cubao to Magallanes kasi ginagawa yung Shaw Boulevard.”

The Provincial Bus Operators Association has previously voiced opposition to the policy but they admit that they can do nothing if the MMDA will implement it.  — Joan Nano

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