LTFRB to TNVS: “Don’t put the blame on us”

admin   •   July 19, 2017   •   5217

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) tells transport network vehicle services (TNVS) Uber and Grab not to blame the agency for the problems they are causing their partners with the new regulation.

“To the TNVS (transport network vehicle services), do not hit LTFRB because we are just doing our job. Your respective TNCs (Transportation Network Company) failed to do their job. That is why kayo ang nalalagay sa alanganin; kayo yung nalalagay sa iligal (it’s you who’s being put at a disadvantage; you are being dragged into the illegal). Who is to clean up the mess?”

This was the statement of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) spokesperson Atty. Aileen Lizada following negative comments against the agency’s move to apprehend all “colorum” transport network vehicle services (TNVS) beginning July 26.

The agency clarified that Uber and Grab indeed violated the provisions of the law. The violation is enough basis to apprehend TNV drivers without provisional authority and certificate of public convenience.

LTFRB also emphasized that the blame should not be put on them over the problems arising between the management of Uber and Grab and their partners.

“Resigned, bumili ng kotse (bought a car) ; anak na may sakit, kailangan ng pera; (child is sick, needs money ) —  do not throw these to us TNC. We bring it back to you.  You have earned millions already, we believe it is your civic duty.  Yung nilagay nyo sa alanganin (those you have placed at a disadvantage) you pay their respective amortizations to the bank, you pay for whatever damages that they need to be (unintelligible) , do not turn to us to make legal what you have done illegally” said. Atty. Lizada

On Tuesday, LTFRB conducted a surprise inspection in some of uber and grab offices. The agency found out that Uber is still accepting new applicants despite the existing moratorium and the P5-million penalty imposed by the Board, which remains unsettled up to now.

In a statement released by Uber earlier, the company vows to stop accepting new applications starting tomorrow, and adds that they are in the process of paying the penalty.

Based on the record of LTFRB, only around 3,700 TNVS nationwide are currently registered.

If they will compare the record to that of uber and grab, there are more than 50,000 colorum TNVS operating in the country.

Meanwhile Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said, aside from the welfare of commuters, the government is also losing huge amount of revenue if thousands of TNVS will not apply for franchise at LTFRB.

Tugade added, “kailangan diyan may share din diyan yung gobyerno yung kinikita doon. Kung kailangan may mekanismo at tsaka pamamaraan niyan na yung plete  na binabayaran o yung kita na inaambag, eh ibahagi ninyo naman sa gobyerno.”  ( The government should have a share from their earnings. There should be a mechanism and a process wherein the payments for the fare  or the earnings contributed are shared with the government.)  —Grace Casin|UNTV News & Rescue



LTFRB to open more routes for public transportation

Marje Pelayo   •   July 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is planning to open additional routes for public transportation as more industries open and employees gradually returning to work. 

Department of Transportation (DOTr) Assistant Secretary Goddess Hope Libiran said there are no details yet on the list routes or when it will be finalized. 

Pinag-iisipan at pinagpaplanuhan na ng LTFRB ang pagdadagdag ng up to 10 percent sa bilang ng mga ruta ng mga pampublikong sasakyan sa buong bansa,” the official said.

Kasalukuyang hinihimay-himay ng LTFRB kung ilan na ang mga ruta at sasakyang bumibiyahe sa iba’t-ibang regions para mapagdesisyunan kung ilan at saan pang ruta ang kinakailangang buksan,” she added.

Currently, there are a total of 6,002 units of traditional jeepneys; 900 units of UV Express vehicles; 22,230 units of transport network vehicle service (TNVS); 19,409 units of taxis; and 271 point-to-point buses have been allowed to resume operations. 

Also, over 20 routes have been opened for traditional jeepneys. 

On Monday (July 20), the agency resumed operations in its central office along East Avenue, Quezon after days of temporary closure to give way to disinfection and decontamination efforts against coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

Transactions remain limited and stakeholders are advised to access the agency’s website to process applications online and to minimize physical contact. 

Procedures which can be made online include:

  • Request for Special Permit
  • Correction of Typographical Errors
  • Request for Confirmation of Units
  • Request for Franchise Verification
  • Request for Issuance or Extension of Provisional Authority
  • Legal concerns

For inquiries, stakeholders may visit the LTFRB’s official Facebook page. MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)

LTFRB central office closes for a week from July 13 to 17

Marje Pelayo   •   July 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The central office of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is temporarily closed from July 13 to 17 to give way to disinfection measures after five of its employees tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“Nangyari po lahat ‘yan habang mahigpit na sinusunod ng ahensya ang mga public safety protocols (This happened while the agency was strictly imposing public safety protocols),” said LTFRB Chairman Atty. Martin B. Delgra III.

Dahil sa sitwasyon ngayon sa tanggapan ng LTFRB, at para sa kaligtasan ng mga empleyado, ang aming mga stakeholders, at ng publiko, napagpasya naming itigil muna ang operasyon ng LTFRB Central Office simula sa Lunes. Hindi pinapayagang pumasok sa opisina ang mga tauhan ng ahensya,” he added.

(Due to the situation now at our central office in LTFRB, and for the protection of our employees, stakeholders and the general public, we decided to temporarily stop the operation of LTFRB Central Office from Monday. All personnel are not allowed to enter the office premises.)

The agency advised the public that transactions relative to the following services will be temporarily deferred:

  • 24/7 Public Assistance Complaints Desk 1342
  • Inquiries on legal matters
  • New Application for CPC
  • Application for Extension of Validity
  • Petition for Dropping and Substitution of Units
  • Petition for Dropping of Units
  • Petition for Installation of Advertising Sign
  • Application for Consolidation of Cases
  • Petition for Change Venue of Registration
  • Petition for Adoption of Trade Name
  • Petition for Storage of Unit Plate
  • Petition for Upgrading/Downgrading of Units
  • Petition for Cancellation of Franchise
  • Petition for Withdrawal of Application
  • Petition for Adoption of Color Scheme
  • Application for Change of Party Applicant
  • Request for Garage and Unit Inspection
  • Surrender of Plates
  • Clearance of Account
  • Assessment of Fees
  • Re- Assessment of Fees
  • Releasing of Assessment of fees
  • Issuance of Special Permit
  • Clearance and Releasing of Impounded Vehicles

Meanwhile, the following services may be transacted online: 

  • Request for Special Permit;
  • Correction of Typographical Error;
  • Request for Confirmation of Unit/s;
  • Request for Franchise Verification;
  • Request for Issuance or Extension Provisional Authority;
  • Legal Concerns/Query on Hearing Schedule, Status

The LTFRB stressed that only its central office located along East Avenue, Quezon City will be temporarily closed.

Affected stakeholders may transact their concerns through the LTFRB-NCR’s Public Transport Online Processing System (PTOPS).

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Uber to buy Postmates in $2.65 bln stock deal, expands food-delivery reach

UNTV News   •   July 7, 2020

Uber Technologies said on Monday (July 6) it would buy Postmates in a $2.65 billion deal, looking to expand its reach into the food-delivery market as the coronavirus crisis upends its core ride-hailing business.

The move is just weeks after Uber walked away from a deal to buy Grubhub, which would have given Uber’s money-losing restaurant delivery service a leg up on market leader DoorDash.

U.S. online food delivery company Grubhub agreed to be acquired in June by Just Eat in a $7.3 billion deal.

Uber, which has been under pressure as ride-hailing services across the globe plummets because of lockdowns, offered a premium of about 10% on Postmates’ last valuation of $2.4 billion. Uber shares were up about 9% in premarket trading. (Reuters)

(Production: Aleksandra Michalska)


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