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

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

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



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Pets now allowed inside PUVs—LTFRB

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Saturday, April 27th, 2019

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The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has allowed pets inside Public Utility Vehicle (PUV).

Based on their amendent of Memorandum Circular No. 2011-004 with MC 2019-019, the LTFRB now allows passengers to bring their pets inside PUVs under following conditions:

  • The animals are in carriers or cages and placed at the designated animal compartment of the PUV should there be other passengers inside the PUV.
  • If there are no other passengers, pets may be allowed to be carried by the owner as long as said animals are free from foul odor and that the owner maintains cleanliness and sanitation.
  • Owners should take responsibility for the damage that the pet may cause, including the cleaning and sanitation of the PUV, as may be necessary.

In LTFRB’s previous policy, they prohibited operators from loading animals inside their PUVs.—Aileen Cerrudo

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MMDA to implement No Window Hours in Metro; to remove provincial bus terminals in EDSA

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Friday, March 29th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is set to unify the No Window Hours policies of the different cities in Metro Manila.

This, after Metro Manila mayors agreed on its uniform implementation to prevent confusion among motorists.

MMDA General Manager Jose Arthuro Garcia said, “Kasi diba may lumabas na per city may window. Pagtawid mo may window na naman, nagkakagulo, nagagalit ang tao nalilito. That’s why we requested na baka puwede standard na tayo wala nang may window (Each city has its own window [hours]. It confuses people. That’s why we requested to make it standard, no more window [hours]).”

This means that vehicles covered by a day’s number coding will no longer be allowed on EDSA and other major thoroughfares in the metro, from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.

The MMDA is quick to add, however, that this does not cover the cities where there is no number coding scheme; such as, Navotas, Pateros, Marikina, Taguig and Muntinlupa.

This, however, has to wait until ordinances regarding window hours in all cities are revised and updated.

Meanwhile, the MMDA is also set to remove the terminals of provincial buses in Metro Manila.

These terminals will be transferred to the Valenzuela and Sta. Rosa, Laguna interim terminals, as well as to the Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX).

“Ang target natin dyan by June dapat wala na yan [We target to remove them by June] not only in EDSA but the whole Metro Manila,” Garcia added.

First to go are the provincial bus terminals along EDSA.

For its part, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will start the processing of the franchises of Metro city buses that will ferry passengers to and fro the interim terminals.

The MMDA will conduct the necessary dry run to help the buses and passengers get used to the new system, before its actual implementation.  – Maris Federez (with reports from Joan Nano)

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LTFRB: Pantawid Pasada cards may only be claimed until Feb. 28

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) reminds legitimate franchise holders of Public Utility Jeepneys (PUJ) that they only have until Thursday, February 28 to claim their fuel cards under the government’s Pantawid Pasada program.

Under the program, fuel vouchers in the form of cash cards will be provided to PUJ qualified franchise holders to help them cope with the additional excise tax on fuel products under the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law.

For 2019, PUJ drivers are given P20,514 under the program. The fuel cards are processed by the Land Bank of the Philippines and funded through the TRAIN Act.

Drivers can use the Pantawid Pasada cards in select gasoline stations across the country.

The LTFRB in a statement said that around 86,000 cards are yet to be distributed to beneficiaries nationwide out of the more than 170,000 national target of beneficiaries in 2018.

For beneficiaries who cannot personally claim their fuel cards, the LTFRB reiterated that they are already accepting notarized Special Power of Attorney (SPA) that can be downloaded from their website or are available in their office.

The notarized SPA can be brought by the beneficiary’s representatives to their respective LTFRB offices, along with an original photocopy of identification card of the franchise holder and of the representative; original OR/CR, original copy of CPC or proof of franchise, and recent photo of qualified franchise holder.

The board also urged the public to visit their accounts on social media for the complete list of fuel subsidy program beneficiaries. – Robie de Guzman (with reports from Mon Jocson)

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