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LTFRB plans to cancel licenses of erring taxi drivers

by admin   |   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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MMDA to implement No Window Hours in Metro; to remove provincial bus terminals in EDSA

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Friday, March 29th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is set to unify the No Window Hours policies of the different cities in Metro Manila.

This, after Metro Manila mayors agreed on its uniform implementation to prevent confusion among motorists.

MMDA General Manager Jose Arthuro Garcia said, “Kasi diba may lumabas na per city may window. Pagtawid mo may window na naman, nagkakagulo, nagagalit ang tao nalilito. That’s why we requested na baka puwede standard na tayo wala nang may window (Each city has its own window [hours]. It confuses people. That’s why we requested to make it standard, no more window [hours]).”

This means that vehicles covered by a day’s number coding will no longer be allowed on EDSA and other major thoroughfares in the metro, from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.

The MMDA is quick to add, however, that this does not cover the cities where there is no number coding scheme; such as, Navotas, Pateros, Marikina, Taguig and Muntinlupa.

This, however, has to wait until ordinances regarding window hours in all cities are revised and updated.

Meanwhile, the MMDA is also set to remove the terminals of provincial buses in Metro Manila.

These terminals will be transferred to the Valenzuela and Sta. Rosa, Laguna interim terminals, as well as to the Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX).

“Ang target natin dyan by June dapat wala na yan [We target to remove them by June] not only in EDSA but the whole Metro Manila,” Garcia added.

First to go are the provincial bus terminals along EDSA.

For its part, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will start the processing of the franchises of Metro city buses that will ferry passengers to and fro the interim terminals.

The MMDA will conduct the necessary dry run to help the buses and passengers get used to the new system, before its actual implementation.  – Maris Federez (with reports from Joan Nano)

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

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

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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Thousands of striking taxi drivers protest in central Madrid

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

Thousands of protesters at Sol Square in Madrid, Spain seen from top shot on January 28, 2019 | Reuters

Thousands of Madrid taxi drivers staged a protest on Monday (January 28) at Sol Square in central Madrid against the online ride-hailing sector, including companies like Uber and Cabify which they say ignore regulations and pose unfair competition.

The protest joined by taxi drivers from across Spain and Portugal ended a day of demonstrations that started with the blockage of Madrid’s most iconic avenue earlier in the day.

Spain’s government agreed to pass new regulations in September guaranteeing a cap on licences for Uber and similar services at a ratio of just one permit for every 30 taxi permits.

The regulation also permitted Spanish regions to adopt their own restrictions on the services as they see fit.

But taxi workers demand further restrictions such a law that would force customers of ride-hailing services to order transport an hour beforehand.

Taxi drivers have been on strike since Monday (January 21). — Reuters

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