LTFRB to add 10K fine to choosy taxi drivers

admin   •   April 12, 2017   •   4647

MANILA, Philippines The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) plans to impose an additional P10,000 fine on picky taxi drivers.

A cab driver caught refusing to convey passengers, face a P5,000 fine only.

The LTFRB said the plan aims to teach erring drivers, particularly those who operate at NAIA.  The agency said, picky drivers damage the image of the country.

“Pagod na ang mga pasahero kapag dumarating dito tapos gaganyanin ka pa. It’s not helpful. Is this the welcome that we will give to our passengers local and international? Hindi maganda (The passengers are tired when they arrive at the airport. Then some taxi drivers do that. It’s not helpful. Is this the welcome we will give our passengers local and international?  It’s not good),” LTFRB board member Atty. Aileen Lizada said.

Passengers and some taxi drivers support the LTFRB’s proposal.

“Opo ok lang,tulad sa lugar namin mahirap kumuha ng taxi dun palaging tinatanggihan (It is okay. Like in our area. It’s difficult to get a taxi because the drivers always refuse to give us a ride),” Rhena Rebuyos said.

“Ok lang yun kasi para naman sa mga isnabero yun hindi para sa lahat ng driver (It’s okay. This is for the erring drivers),” Johhny Abauan, a taxi driver said.

“Sa akin ok lang kasi dapat di sila isnabero, katulad sakin sakay lang ako ng sakay. (It’s okay for me because drivers should not refuse passengers. Like in my case, I’m not a picky driver.  I always give passengers a ride), Jimmy Gerdon, a taxi driver said.

The LTFRB advise passengers not to patronize taxi drivers who do not use their meters. They must also be reported to authorities for immediate action.

“Kasi ang nakasanayan na, ‘Kuya pwede ba sa ganyan? (It has become common practice to ask the driver, ‘Sir, can you take me to…?’ ) You do not ask, dumerecho na kayong sumakay (just get in)You are giving the driver the idea to refuse you,” Atty. Lizada said. —  Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

MRT: No additional trains during ‘ber’ months

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 19, 2019

The Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3) has announced there will be no additional trains that will operate for the ‘ber’ months despite the influx of passengers during holiday season.

According to the management, the three Dalian trains that already passed the test run will still not be allowed to operate.

MRT-3 Director Engr. Michael Capati said they are still finalizing talks regarding the trains.

“We are doing our best to make sure na ma-insert ang Dalian, the soonest possible time hopefully this month. I believe mayroon nang communications doon. (We are doing our best to insert the Dalian [trains], the soonest possible time hopefully this month. I believe there are already communications on the matter)” he said.

There are currently 13 to 15 trains operating everyday. There is a 7-minute interval and the trains run at 30 kilometers per hour.

The MRT management also aims for additional operating hours in the coming ‘ber’ months. Rail replacement will also be conducted from 11:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. to not compromise train operations.

The one-week general maintenance might also be extended next year.

“Pagdating po diyan sa pag-rehab natin ng riles ipe-phasing po namin iyan kasi hindi natin kayang isara ang buong sistema ng kung ilang buwan. (When it comes to rehabilitating the rails, we will put them in phasing because we cannot close down the whole system for several months)” Capati said.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

MIAA warns public against taxi drivers with tampered meters

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 19, 2019

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) warns the public against abusive drivers who use tampered meters.

Authorities received a report from a passenger who rode a taxi from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to Alabang. His fare went up to P630 which should have cost around P350-P400 only.

Authorities immediately conducted an investigation and will file a case against the driver.

Proven violators will have their operator’s franchise and driver’s license revoked.

The MIAA reminded the public to immediately report these incidents to authorities through their Facebook account or hotline, (02) 8771111. They can also message NAIA at 0917-839-6242.—AAC

MMDA: Sevilla bridge to be closed on Aug 10

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 9, 2019

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced that Sevilla Bridge in Mandaluyong City will be closed to traffic on August 10.

According to MMDA, the “contractor of Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 – Section 2B will move two 180 tonner cranes to be used for the installation of the coping beams.”

The bridge will be closed from 10:00 p.m. and will reopen to traffic at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday (Aug 11).

The Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 is an 18.68-kilometer elevated expressway starting from Buendia in Makati to Balintawak in Quezon City.

The said project aims to reduce travel time up to 20 minutes from the usual 2 hours.—AAC

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