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
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – A group of ride-sharing app drivers and operators on Friday urged the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to decide on the implementation of a moratorium on the apprehension of transport network vehicle service (TNVS) vehicles with incomplete registrations.
The Laban TNVS on Friday morning simultaneously sounded their horns as a part of their protest caravan staged in front of the LTFRB main office and the House of Representatives.
The group called on LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra to fulfill his promise of immediately deciding on their appeal to implement a moratorium on apprehensions while their members are processing their applications.
TNVS drivers and operators met with the LTFRB on Tuesday to discuss their concerns following their staging of a ‘transport holiday’ on Monday (July 8).
“Pagkatapos ng dialogue, ang pangako ni Chairman Delgra, within the week ay ilalabas ng board ang desisyon nila tungkol sa dalawang bagay. Una, ‘yung no apprehension, moratorium sa apprehension ng mga TNVS na tinuturing nilang colorum… At yung pangalawa, yung sa usapin ng hatchback,” said Atty. Ariel Inton, president of the Lawyers for Commuters Safety and Protection group.
Although they were able to bring their sentiments before the LTFRB, the group said they are yet to feel any assurance from Delgra’s statements.
“There was no assurance doon sa statement niya. That’s the reason why nandito kami to tell them na naghihintay kami sa kasagutan nila na dapat maging at least maging favorable sa amin,” said Eric Gabriel Fernandez, convenor of the LabanTNVS.
TNVS drivers and operators said the protest aims to air their opposition against LTFRB’s “inconsistent” policies and processing in terms of TNVS registration and application.
They are also protesting the agency’s alleged non-implementation of Memorandum Circular 2018-005 which allows hatchback-type vehicles to operate as TNVS.
The group warned to conduct continuous protest caravans should the LTFRB fail to announce its decision on the matter. (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Monday, July 8th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Grace Poe on Monday urged the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to consider lifting its ban on transport network vehicle services (TNVS) units that have failed to comply with application requirements.
Poe made the call as ride-hailing app drivers went offline on Monday (July 8) to protest the agency’s ‘inconsistent’ policies and phase out of hatchback cars.
Poe, who chairs the Senate Committee on Public Services, said the LTFRB already promised in its Memorandum Circular 2018-005 in February that it will allow existing hatchbacks to continue operating for three more years to recoup their investment.
“Siguro ay dapat rin nating malaman kung bakit napagdesisyunan ng LTFRB na hindi sundin ang sarili nilang circular,” the senator said in a statement.
(Maybe it’s time we find out why the LTFRB decided not to follow its own circular.)
“Hindi pwedeng paiba-iba ang ipinatutupad na regulasyon. Hindi ito patas sa mga mananakay at sa mga namumuhunan,” she added.
(The regulations should not be inconsistent. This is not fair to the passengers and investors.)
Poe further said that while LTFRB’s mandate to regulate the industry and ensure the safety of the riding public should be respected, calls to make the process easier according to the Ease of Doing Business Act should also be recognized.
“Matagal na nating kinilala ang kakayanan ng industriyang ito na tugunan ang kakulangan ng maayos na transportasyon sa kalakhang Maynila. Bakit natin kailangang pahirapan ang lahat?”
(We have long recognized this industry’s capacity to fill the gap of mass transportation in Metro Manila. Why do we need to make everyone suffer?)
The TNVS community in Metro Manila earlier said the transport holiday on Monday is to protest the difficult policies of the LTFRB in securing provisional authority and certificate of public convenience.
Although the drivers’ move inconvenienced many ride-hailing app users, Poe said the transport holiday is an opportunity for a negotiation between the LTFRB and the TNVS groups.
The agency earlier announced the conduct of a dialogue on Tuesday (July 9) to discuss the groups’ grievances.
“While the parties are on the table, we hope that the LTFRB can consider lifting the deactivation on those who failed to comply with the requirements,” Poe said.
The senator, meanwhile, revealed that bills seeking to put in place a law governing TNVS operations will continue to be discussed in the Senate.
“These include the re-filing of our bill from last Congress which proposes that only Transport Network Companies (such as Grab) will be directly regulated by the LTFRB. TNVS will only be one of several bills in the overarching ‘inclusive transportation’ agenda,” she said.
Poe added that bills seeking for the establishment of alternative modes of transportation will also be pushed in the 18th Congress.
“Other bills which we will file include the establishment of bicycle lanes, elevated walkways, and other alternative modes of transportation,” she said.
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Monday, July 8th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Some ride-hailing app drivers went offline on Monday (July 8) in a transport holiday against the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
Various groups of transport network vehicle service (TNVS) units protest what they claim as sluggish and tedious process of franchise application imposed by the agency.
Also, the TNVS community is urging the LTFRB to lift the ban on hatchback units and ease the process of permit applications for to-be ride-sharing drivers.
Officials from the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Anti-Red Tape Authority addressed the concerned drivers gathered at Quezon City Memorial Circle.
DOTr Undersecretary for Road Transport Mark de Leon vowed to review the phase out order on hatchback units operating as TNVS.
“Tingnan natin kung paano nain mababawasan yung mga requirements, (Let’s see what we can do to minimize the requirements,)” De Leon said.
“Tingnan kung paano mababawasan ang processing time para mapabilis na makapagbigay ng public service itong mga TNVS, (Let’s see how we can cut the processing time so these TNVS may be able to deliver public service fast,)” he added.
The ride-sharing app community went offline starting 6:00 a.m. on Monday (July 8).
Organizers of the event said there are about 35,000 drivers who allegedly joined the transport holiday.
Despite the assurance from the DOTr, the drivers’ groups are determined to sustain their transport holiday until 6:00 p.m.
“Masaya tayo doon sa binanggit ni Usec. De Leon na paiiksiin pero hindi tayo titigil hanggat walang papel sa harapan natin, (We are happy that Usec. De Leon promised to cut (the processing time) but we will not stop unless there’s a signed memo,)” argued Hatchback Community President Leonardo de Leon.
“Laway lang po iyan. Kailangan maglabas sila ng memorandum na ipinapatigil ang mga hulihan at ibalik, Maniniwala kami dyan kapag pati mga hatchback nakabalik na sa Grab App at makakabiyahe na, (That’s pure talk. They have to issue a memorandum ordering a stop on apprehension. We will only believe them once the hatchbacks return to Grab App and continue their operation,)” he added.
Aside from the stop operation, the TNVS community is set to file a complaint against LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra at the Office of the Ombudsman this afternoon to air their grievances against the agency.
Delgra, meanwhile, is scheduled to speak with the group on Tuesday (July 9). – with details from Joan Nano
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