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LTFRB to conduct safety checks at bus terminals for upcoming Undas

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, October 27th, 2017

FILE PHOTO: Personnels from LTFRB conducting bus inspections

MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has released guidelines for all public utility vehicles that will operate during Undas.

On Monday, the LTFRB will make rounds at various bus terminals to determine their level of preparedness for the expected surge in the number of passengers.

The agency reminds bus companies to ensure that their units are in good condition like its brakes, wheels, lights and other parts.

LTFRB also reminds them to provide alternate driver per bus unit especially if the travel time will take more than six hours.

The agency also prohibits the sitting of passengers on the center isle of the bus so passengers could easily pass through.

It also reminds drivers to follow traffic rules to avoid accidents.

LTFRB Board Member Atty. Aileen Lizada have cautioned passengers against the modus operandi of some colorum vehicles that take advantage of the influx of passengers this long holiday.

“Some barkers will approach you and offer you with cheaper fares, and immediate travel of buses. You will no longer have to wait, you will be sent by a private vehicle that will wait for it to be filled with four more passengers. You will be brought to a certain street where the colorum bus waits,” Lizada said.

The LTFRB reminds the public to avoid riding in colorum vehicles because in the event that the colorum vehicle were to meet an accident, victims will receive no insurance or financial assistance they can use for treatment.

Authorities have assured that bus terminals in Quezon City are ready for the surge of passengers bound for the provinces.

“In terms of safety of our buses, these are ready for inspection of the LTFRB. Our wheels, windshield, drivers, drug testing, all of these are already conditioned,” Five Star Bus Liason Office Virgilio Nemis said.

“Lalung-lalo napo yung aming mga gulong,battery yung mga ilaw, talaga po yan eh tinututukan at binibigyan ng pansin ng aming maintenance (Our maintenance [personnel] is closely monitoring in particular the condition of our fleet’s wheels, battery and lights),” Jam Liner Terminal OIC Feliciano Perez said.

“Fully-oriented samin yan lalo na kapag ganitong tag-ulan. Binibigyan namin reminders, drive safely lalo kung madudulas ang daan ([Our drivers] are fully-oriented especially during rainy season. We give reminders to drive safely particularly when roads are slippery),” ES Transport Dispatcher Gener Diana said.

Aside from the safe travel, some of the matters being considered by passengers are the facilities of the bus terminals.

“It’s clean here. But in other buses it’s dirty. The CR (comfort room/toilet) is okay. But you still have to pay five pesos every time you want to pee,” passenger Maria Mora said.

“We feel comfortable. The terminal is clean,” passenger Zenia Pascual said.

Meanwhile, the LTFRB has already approved the application of more than 500 buses with provincial routes to operate during the Undas. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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LTFRB urged to decide on moratorium on ‘colorum’ TNVS apprehensions

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2019

Courtesy : Laban TNVS Facebook page

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).

READ: Ride-hailing app drivers go offline Monday against phase out of ‘hatchbacks’

“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.)

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Poe calls on LTFRB to lift deactivation of Hatchback TNVS drivers

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, July 8th, 2019

Senator Grace Poe (Photoville International)

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.

READ: Ride-hailing app drivers go offline Monday against phase out of ‘hatchbacks’

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.

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Ride-hailing app drivers go offline Monday against phase out of ‘hatchbacks’

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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