LTFRB taps MMDA, IACT in enforcing UV Express pick-and-drop points
Robie de Guzman • May 28, 2019 • 2411
MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) announced on Monday it will work with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (IACT) in enforcing the point-to-point transport operation of UV Express Service units.
Under Memorandum Circular 2019-025, the LTFRB abolished the two-kilometer radius from UV Express units’ endpoints in which they were allowed to load and unload passengers.
The new circular, which amended a 2009 memo, was signed by LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra on May 16.
Delgra said the new policy was actually part of a 2005 memorandum which provides the original concept of UV Express Service, allowing them to only pick-up and drop off commuters at terminals specified in their franchise.
He said the Board implemented the regulation after noting that most UV Express drivers do not use the designated terminals to load and unload passengers between their endpoints. The time used in picking up and dropping off of passengers also slows down traffic.
“If you will notice kapag may sasakay sa loob ng UV, bababa yung buong sumasakay sa isang linya ng buong UV, bababa muna bago bababalik na naman sasakay, o kaya yung bababa ay nasa likod ng driver bababa muna bubuksan yung pintuan sa likod,” he said.
But a group of UV Express drivers opposed the policy, saying this will affect their income, and add to the daily burden of passengers.
“Hindi po pwede ‘yun sa mga pasahero gawa ng hindi naman po iisa ang pupuntahan ng pasahero. Paano kung SM fairview kami? Doon lahat bababa eh dito lang ang baba ng iba sa Philcoa,” said driver Ernesto Ebio.
“’Pag umaasa kami sa pila, wala kaming kikitain, kasi yung mga pasahero na galing sa pila merong bumababa ng malapit. Kapag nagkataon na merong sasakay para ‘yun yung pinaka extra naming [kita]” said driver Cesar Lipat.
Commuters, meanwhile, expressed varying reactions on the issue.
Some said the new policy will bring inconvenience to passengers while others lauded it as point-to-point transport operation will hasten their travel.
The LTFRB has advised affected passengers to use other available modes of public transportation to reach their destination.
LTFRB Chairman Delgra said they are now coordinating with the MMDA and IACT in relation with the apprehension of drivers who will fail to comply with the new policy.
Violators will be meted out with a fine of up to P15,000 for breach of franchise; their driver’s license may also be revoked for repeated offenses. (with details from Joan Nano)
MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has launched a bayanihan program to fight urban decay.
The MMDA launched Metro Bayanihan which aims to intensify sidewalk clearing operations, cleaning of waterways, anti-littering, and anti-dengue drive to promote general cleanliness of Metro Manila and the well-being of its residents.
MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos said the agency is closely coordinating with the local government units in Metro Manila to make sure that the clean-up can cover all barangays in the National Capital Region (NCR).
The said program aims to mitigate flooding, dengue, leptospirosis, and water-borne diseases especially at the beginning of the rainy season.
“Garbage-laden waterways are oftentimes breeding grounds of mosquitoes and other insects which can cause diseases. We are stepping up our efforts to make sure that these problems won’t add up to the burdens brought by this pandemic,” he said.
The MMDA will also conduct misting and fogging operations to eliminate possible breeding areas and kill dengue-carrying mosquitoes.
Abalos also appealed to the public to participate in the campaign to eradicate trash, diseases and encourage sustainable healthy urban living.
“During these times, we’ve seen how important a clean surrounding is, and we want every barangay to do their part in making Metro Manila clean, orderly, healthy, and more livable,” he said. -AAC
MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is mulling over reimplementing the number coding scheme in the National Capital Region (NCR) under the new normal setting.
MMDA EDSA traffic czar Edison Nebrija said the said traffic management program was only adopted to reduce the increasing volume of vehicles traversing Metro Manila.
“Such car restriction policy may not be suited anymore at this time kasi nga magkakaroon ng revenge spending ang mga tao dahil hindi nakakabiyahe. Wala nang masyadong kain sa labas, so andaming natitipid na pera. Baka mamaya, kung ibalik natin ang number coding bumili lang ng sasakyan,” he said.
(People will have reverse spending because they have not gone out for a while. They don’t eat out as much, so they were able to save money. If we reimplement the number coding, they might just buy new cars.)
To replace the number coding scheme, the agency is looking into the implementation of an incentive-type of policy.
Nebrija said the number of vehicles plying along EDSA decreased since the implementation of quarantine restrictions.
The official added that the heavy traffic that motorists still experience during rush hour is only because of the “road diet” due to the EDSA busway and bike lane.
Meanwhile, the agency has reimposed the truck ban along EDSA. (With reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
MANILA, Philippines—The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will re-impose a ban on light trucks along EDSA and Shaw Boulevard starting May 24.
In a statement, the MMDA said trucks which have a gross capacity weight of 4,500 kilogram and below are prohibited to traverse along EDSA from Magallanes, Makati City until North Avenue, Quezon City, both northbound and southbound, from 5:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Meanwhile, the said trucks will be prohibited to traverse along Shaw Boulevard (Mandaluyong City and Pasig City) from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. and from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
“The uniform light trucks ban shall be enforced from Monday to Saturday except Sundays and holidays,” the MMDA said.
Violators of the said truck ban, will face a fine of P2,000. AAC
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