LTFRB suspends Dimple Star’s entire fleet following Mindoro crash

admin   •   March 23, 2018   •   4918

Some units of Dimple Star Bus company on terminal

MANILA, Philippines — Following a number of accidents involving the bus units of Dimple Star bus, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has ordered a 30-day preventive suspension of the company’s entire fleet of 118 bus units.

The agency initially imposed a 30-day preventive suspension on the company’s 10 bus units following the fatal crash of one of its buses in Occidental Mindoro.

However, due to the company’s alleged involvement in other accidents, the LTFRB decided to ban all 118 units from operating.

According to LTFRB board member Atty. Aileen Lizada, since 2011, the buses of Dimple Star had been involved in eight accidents that had left a total of 26 people dead and more than 100 injured.

“The board decided to issue a preventive suspension order covering the fleet 118 units of Dimple Star with 10 CPCs para ma-check-up thoroughly ng LTO through MVIS yung kanilang nga sasakyan,” said Lizada.

(The board decided to issue a preventive suspension order covering the fleet 118 units of Dimple Star with 10 CPCs for the LTO to check their vehicles thoroughly through MVIS.)

The latest order is expected to affect routes going to Iloilo City, Caticlan, Romblon, Dumaguete, San Jose Occidental Mindoro and going back to Metro Manila.

Despite this, the LTFRB assured passengers that there are available buses that will operate on the affected routes.

“Rest assured dun sa riding public sa mananakay ng Dimple Star, mayroon po tayong ibang mga bus operators na nag apply na po ng special permits para doon sa mga routes na masususpinde ang Dimple Star” said Lizada.

(To the riding public of Dimple Star, rest assured there are other bus operators that applied for special permits for the said routes of the suspended Dimple Star.)

The bus firm refused to comment on the suspension order of the LTFRB. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue

 

Authorities caught motorcycle riders in Cagayan de Oro operating under Angkas

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 7, 2020

Authorities have caught several motorcycle riders operating as taxi service under the ride-hailing app Angkas in Cagayan De Oro City which is outside of the designated Motorcycle Taxi Service Pilot Implementation Study area.

After receiving several complaints, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Region 10 office conducted the operation against several units of Angkas. The motorcycles were immediately impounded.

In a Facebook post of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the riders were “reported to have been violating the terms of the MC Taxi Pilot Study guidelines adopted by the Technical Working Group (TWG).”

“Under current transport laws, Motorcycles are strictly prohibited from being utilized as public transportation. The exception now is the ongoing MC Pilot Study program being implemented by the TWG in Metro Manila and Metro Cebu only,” the post reads

Under the law, riders who are operating colorum motorcycles will be fined P6,000.

The pilot test run is still on-going and is expected to be done by March 23, 2020.

Meanwhile, the Quezon City Regional Trial Court was not in favor with the request of the Lawyers for Commuters Safety to suspend operations of other motorcycle taxis.

Based on the court’s decision, the group presented insufficient evidence for the court to provide a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against other motorcycle taxis for hire.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

Wife of missing fisherman in Occ. Mindoro calls for help from LGU

Marje Pelayo   •   January 3, 2020

Alvin Bantugan

MANILA, Philippines – Authorities are still looking for Alvin Bantugan, a crew of F/B Gemver 1, more than a week after the onset of Typhoon Ursula in Occidental Mindoro.

According to his wife Hazel, he was looking after their motor banca when large waves came ashore and washed him away along with the sea vessel.

“Kalmang kalma iyon, tapos biglang dalawang bugso (The sea was calm that day. Suddenly, the waves went wild),” she said.

“Doon po siya naanod, sa unahan daw po siya ng bangkang GemVer 1. Bigla na lang po iyong tumaob. Bukod tangi po siyang hindi nakikita sa mga tauhan, (That’s when he was washed away. The motor banca turned upside down over him. He was the only one left missing),” she added.

Aside from his missing husband, Hazel is also worried because no one would help her repair the damages caused by the typhoon to their house.

“Sana po matulungan ni Mayor kami na makita ang aking asawa, (I pray that our Mayor can help us search for my husband),” she asked.

“At matulungan niya ako dahil sira pa rin po ang aking bahay (I also ask for help in the repair my house,)” she added.

F/B Gemver 1 was the same sea vessel involved in the controversial maritime incident with a Chinese vessel in West Philippine Sea last year.

It took five months to repair the vessel’s damage before it was able to venture out again at sea. – MNP (with reports from Von San Pedro)

Transport groups seek for Php11 minimum fare on jeepneys

Maris Federez   •   December 27, 2019

Commuters try to board a jeepney in Quezon City, Philippines, 30 September 2019. EPA-EFE/ROLEX DELA PENA

MANILA, Philippines — Several transport groups will be filing a petition for a minimum fare of Php11 on public utility jeepneys (PUJ).

Pasang Masda president, Obet Martin, said they will file their fare hike petition to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in January alongside the implementation of the third tranche of the excise tax on petroleum products.

Martin said the Php2 increase on the current minimum fare of Php9 is to help jeepney drivers and operators recover from the additional tax on oil products that will be imposed on them.

“Sa akin ay talagang kontrang kontra ang aking damdamin sa pagtataas subalit wala po akong magagawa sapagka’t ang presyo po ng aming ginagamit na panggatong o itong diesel eh tumaas na naman po,” Martin said.

The price hike on petroleum products will take effect on January 1, 2020, in accordance with Republic Act 10963 or the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law.

The fare increase that the group is seeking will further rise to Php12 in case crude prices also further increase.

Pasang Masda, along with other transport groups, will soon be convening to discuss the petition that they will file in January. — (from the report of Asher Cadapan, Jr.) /mbmf

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