LTFRB reiterates strong campaign against abusive, snobby cab drivers

Marje Pelayo   •   November 29, 2018   •   2228

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 – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)

List: Approved UV Express routes starting June 29

Marje Pelayo   •   June 29, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has announced that a total of 980 UV Express units will start operating on Monday (June 29) along 47 routes in and out of Metro Manila.

Under the guidelines set by LTFRB through Memorandum Circular No. 2020-025, all routes are strictly terminal-to-terminal only, meaning, drivers are not allowed to pick up or drop off  passengers along the way.

UV Express units are not allowed on EDSA and Commonwealth Avenue except to cross.

Fare rate shall remain at P2 per kilometer, according to the memorandum. and that no fare adjustment shall be applied unless approved by the agency.

Additionally, the following are salient provisions stated in the guidelines in relation to health protocols imposed by the national government in response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic:

  • Operators must regularly examine a driver’s fitness to work, checking their body temperature and screening for symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Wearing of masks and gloves at all times is mandatory to all drivers and conductors.
  • Strictly “No Face Mask, No Ride” for commuters.
  • Exact fare shall be paid prior to boarding the PUV or operators/drivers may devise any fare collection system such as use of a fare drop-off to minimize/prevent transmittal of COVID-19.
  • Strictly two (2) passengers per row with passengers seated one seat apart.
  • Impermeable barriers must be installed to seal off the driver’s compartment and between rows of seats that are less than one (1) meter apart.

The guidelines for UV Express operations are in line with the “gradual, calibrated and calculated approach” of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) on the resumption of public transportation in Metro Manila amid the general community quarantine (GCQ).

According to LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra, failure to comply with the guidelines may warrant the imposition of fines and suspension or cancellation of their franchise.

LTFRB: UV express to resume operations within the month

Marje Pelayo   •   June 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has announced the possibility of allowing UV Express vehicles to ply the major roads of Metro Manila again before the end of the month.

According to LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra, the agency is now finalizing the guidelines that will allow UV Express to resume operations before the end of June following the full deployment of modernized public utility jeepneys (PUJs).

Delgra added that the technical working group (TWG) is thoroughly studying the proposed measures that the operators and drivers of UV express should abide by under the government-imposed general community quarantine (GCQ).

“We are exhausting all efforts to balance our mandate in transportation with our responsibility of helping prevent the spread of COVID-19. That is why we are observing a gradual and calculated approach for the resumption of public transportation particularly in areas under GCQ,” Delgra said.

The LTFRB also assured that it is working double time to implement the second phase of the resumption of public transportation in Metro Manila which includes UV Express.

The first phase which was implemented from June 1 to 21, allowed the  resumption of public transportation in GCQ areas namely the rail transport, point-to-point (P2P) bus service, city buses, taxis, Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS), shuttle services, tricycles, and bicycles.

LTFRB adds 6 more routes for public utility buses

Marje Pelayo   •   June 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has announced that it is opening six more bus routes in Metro Manila to transport passengers.

Starting Tuesday (June 15), the following routes are open to public utility buses:

  • Route 14 (Ayala-Alabang)
  • Route 15 (Ayala-Biñan)
  • Route 27 (PITX-Trece Martires)

Meanwhile, three more bus routes will be opened on Thursday (June 18):

  • Route 23 (PITX-Sucat)
  • Route 26 (PITX-Naic)
  • Route 30 (PITX-Cavite City)

The LTFRB reminds bus drivers and operators to strictly follow health and safety protocols for passengers while in transit.

This includes the wearing of facemasks and gloves, regular disinfection of their respective units every after trip, installation of non-permeable and transparent dividers, and strict implementation of the passenger seating capacity under the IATF guidelines.

Overall, the LTFRB has opened 36 bus routes since Metro Manila shifted to a more relaxed general community quarantine (GCQ) on June 1 with still limited means of transportation.

The initial 30 bus routes are as follow:

  • Portion of Route E (EDSA Carousel)
    *to augment MRT-3/partial operational
  • Route 1 (Monumento-Balagtas)
  • Route 2 (Monumento – PITX)
  • Route 3 (Monumento-Valenzuela Gateway Complex)
  • Route 4 (North EDSA-Fairview)
  • Route 5 (Quezon Avenue-Angat)
  • Route 6 (Quezon Ave.-EDSA Taft Ave.)
  • Route 7 (Quezon Avenue-Montalban)
  • Route 8 (Cubao-Montalban)
  • Route 9 (Cubao-Antipolo)
    *to augment LRT-2
  • Route 11 (Gilmore-Taytay)
  • Route 13 (Buendia-BGC)
  • Route 16 (Ayala Ave.-FTI)
  • Route 17 (Monumento-EDSA Taft)
    *to augment LRT-1
  • Route 18 (PITX-NAIA Loop)
  • Route 21 (Monumento-San Jose Del Monte)
  • Route 24 (PITX-Alabang)
  • Route 25 (BGC-Alabang)
  • Route 28 (PITX-Dasmariñas)
  • Route 29 (PITX – General Mariano Alvarez)

SOURCE: LTFRB Facebook Page


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