LTFRB reiterates strong campaign against abusive, snobby cab drivers

Marje Pelayo   •   November 29, 2018   •   1868

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) reminded the public of its strong campaign against abusive taxi cab drivers especially this holiday season.

LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra said on Monday (December 3) the agency will relaunch “Oplan Isnabero” which apprehends cab drivers who opt for fixed charges, overpricing, contracting or snubbing their would-be passengers.

The measure is in preparation for the surge of shoppers in major malls this holiday season.

“Kung meron lang din ang panawagan natin dito na you take a picture of the taxi. Iyong makikita natin pangalan ng taxi unit, iyong plate number at ang  narrative sa nangyari na iyan – kung saan banda, anong ginawa ng taxi driver. Give us some of the details kasi we also cannot simply proceed with the investigation and hearing, more so on resolving the case kapag wala tayong mga detalye.” Delgra said.

Drivers caught offending their passengers will be penalized with P5,000 fine for the first offense; P10,000 for the second offense; and P15,000 plus suspension of franchise for the third offense.

Based on LTFRB data, they received more than 700 complaints of overcharging from January 2017 to November 27 this year. There were around 1,300 complaints, meanwhile, against snobby drivers.

LTFRB, however, admits that they lack personnel to fully implement the Oplan Isnabero that’s why the agency plans to tap the services of mall and bus terminal security personnel to help discipline arrogant drivers.

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) strictly implements stringent measures against abusive drivers especially at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal warned that abusive drivers will no longer be allowed to operate inside the airport premises and the agency will not hesitate to file appropriate charges against them.

“Tuloy-tuloy po ang pag-iikot ng ating mga tauhan. Iilan nalang po at kung meron man immediately nareresolve po natin. Meron po tayong hinabol na nambiktima ng Koreano. Nahuli na at pina-filean napo ng kaso,hindi po mawawala yung ganung nga challenges,” Monreal said.

Complaints can be forwarded to LTFRB hotline numbers 1342 or to through the LTFRB official Facebook page or e-mail to complaint.ltfrb.gov.ph@gmail.com. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)

MMDA awaits SC decision on fate of provincial bus ban

Maris Federez   •   May 31, 2019

File photo: MMDA personnel accost provincial buses traversing Edsa. (Photo courtesy of MMDA)

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Wednesday that it leaves the fate of the proposed provincial bus ban up to the Supreme Court (SC).

MMDA traffic chief Bong Nebrija said in an interview that “it will depend on the order of the Court if they will tell us to scrap the policy or to hold its implementation.”

He added that they are just waiting for the court order.

Nebrija made the statement after several lawmakers filed separate petitions before the SC to stop the implementation of MMDA Regulation No. 19-002.

The order seeks to ban all provincial buses from plying along Edsa, which one of the petitioners, Albay Representative Joey Salceda, believes as “oppressive and unfair.”

Read: Salceda urges SC to halt provincial bus ban on EDSA

Nebrija further said that while there is still no court order, the MMDA will still push through with its preparations and their plans for the bus terminal closure, which the agency targets to implement in June.

“We’ll wait kung go or no go but we are still preparing, we’re still pushing with the plan. In the absence of a court order, we will push through with it,” he added.

The MMDA official believes that the impending implementation of the provincial bus ban on Edsa remains as one of the best alternatives to decongest Metro Manila roads.

Read: MMDA: Edsa bus ban one of the best options in decongesting Metro Manila

Nebrija, however, said that they still haven’t come up with a timeline from preparations to implementation as they are still yet to receive the policy guidelines from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

The MMDA had implemented a dry run of the bus ban in April but suspended it in less than a month.

Read: Provincial bus ban dry run suspended—MMDA

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LTFRB, LTO probe vehicle accident in Atimonan, Quezon

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 8, 2019

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) are now investigating on the fatal road accident in Atimonan, Quezon on Monday (May 6).

READ: 3 killed, 73 injured in road accident in Atimonan, Quezon

Three were killed while 73 were injured when an AMV Travel and Tour Bus collided with a 10-wheeler truck along Maharlika Highway diversion road.

Based on the initial investigation, “human error” is the cause of the accident.

The LTFRB also discovered that the tour bus was traversing in an authorized route. They will also file a preventive suspension order against the other bus units of AMV Travel and Tours.(with reports from Joan Nano)

DOTr orders suspension of LTFRB Exec. Dir. Jardin over corruption allegations

Maris Federez   •   April 5, 2019

Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Executive Director Samuel Jardin

Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur P. Tugade has ordered the preventive suspension of Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Executive Director Samuel Jardin over allegations of corruption.

According to the DOTr’s press release, a formal complaint was also filed against Jardin for grave misconduct, wherein he allegedly solicited money amounting to PhP4.8 million in exchange for facilitating and granting the application for a Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC).

As part of the internal investigation of the DOTr, Jardin is required to submit a Verified Answer, including documentary evidence, within three days from receipt of the formal charge.

The news release maintained that Secretary Tugade has strongly reiterated that any corrupt deed, or the perception thereof, in the ranks of the DOTr offices and attached agencies will not be tolerated.

During the DOTr flag raising ceremony at the central office in Clark, Pampanga on Tuesday (April 2), Tudage announced that two high-ranking officials, then unnamed, will be meted orders of preventive suspension for alleged involvement in corruption.

With this, the DOTr issued a stern warning that disciplinary action shall come swift and unrelenting to any official or employee, no matter the rank, for the slightest hint of corruption.

According to the press kit, the transportation department maintained to wholly support the campaign of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte against graft and corruption; and that it shall not hesitate to exercise its full power and authority to rid its ranks of errant officials and employees.

The preventive suspension order, issued on Wednesday (April 3), will last for a period of 90 days. – Maris Federez

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