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

Robie de Guzman   •   July 12, 2019   •   1472

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.)

PH to use cashless payment system in taxis to further curb COVID-19 spread – DOTr

Robie de Guzman   •   May 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Friday said it is working on forging partnerships with various digital payment providers for the implementation of cashless or contactless transactions in taxis and Transport Network Service Vehicles (TNVS) as part of the “new normal” amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

In a statement, the DOTr said it has tapped payment platforms to help equip taxis and TNVS with scan-to-pay systems to limit direct physical contact between drivers and passengers, thus further curbing the spread of COVID-19.

Taxis and Transport Network Companies (TNC) are allowed to operate in areas placed under general community quarantine at reduced capacity and with strict health and safety protocols.

“Cashless and contactless payment scheme will now be part of the ‘new normal’ in the public transportation system,” Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said.

The DOTr said one of the first to tie-up with the government for this purpose is GCash.

Under the partnership, GCash will help enable taxi drivers to accept digital payments through the Scan To Pay app where GCash users only need to scan the unique QR code of the taxi unit they are riding in paying for their metered fares.

GCash is also offering the GCash PowerPay+ solution to taxi operators where they can send out salaries, allowances, and commissions through to their employees, or members nationwide, the DOTr said.

“GCash strongly supports the government’s call for the use of mobile payments to lessen the risk of spreading COVID-19 through surfaces such as paper money,” GCash Head of Payments Jovit Bajar said.

Authorities are also in talks with other payment platforms PayMaya, Squidpay and Beep, among others, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said in the same statement.

“We had consultations with these providers over the weekend. We are encouraging these digital payment providers to partner with taxi operators and TNCs to lessen the chance of COVID-19 spread,” LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra III said.

“On the part of the TNCs such as Hirna, Grab and Owto, they are already accepting cashless transactions,” he added.

Ilang PUV driver, nangangamba sa posibilidad na mahawa ng COVID-19 kapag muling pumasada

Robie de Guzman   •   May 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Nagpahayag ng pangamba ang ilang public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers sa posibilidad na mahawa ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) kapag muli nang pinayagan ang operasyon ng public transport sa Metro Manila.

Ang taxi driver na si Leo Mendoza, aminadong natatakot siyang madapuan ng coronavirus lalo’t airconditioned ang kanyang minamanehong sasakyan.

“Hindi makalabas ang ano ng tao dahil ang air-con paikot-ikot lang sa loob. Kulob ‘yon eh. Mas okay pa siguro kung walang air-con kasi y’ong hangin nakakalabas,” ani Mendoza.

Si Menandro Basillo, isang Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) driver, sinabing dapat nakasuot ng face mask ang mga pasahero kahit nasa loob ng sasakyan bilang proteksyon.

“Mandatory required po namin sa mga pasahero, dapat po naka-mask. ‘Pag hindi po sila naka-mask, automatically po, hindi po namin pasasakayin,” ani Basillo.

Una nang sinabi ng Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) na maaari nang pumasada ang mga taxi at TNVS sa May 16 basta susunod sa inilatag na “new normal” guidelines.

Nakasaad na guidelines ang “no mask, no ride” policy na ang ibig sabihin ay obligadong magsuot ng face mask ang mga driver, at konduktor at pati na ang mga pasahero.

Limitado lang din ang bilang ng mga pasahero na maaaring pasakayin at dapat ay may nakalagay na barriers sa mga upuan upang matiyak na nasusunod ang physical distancing protocols.

Para sa mga taxi at UV express, tatlong pasahero ang maaaring isakay – isa sa tabi ng driver at dalawa sa likod; sa mga bus at jeep, kalahati lang ng kabuuang kapasidad ng sasakyan ang papayagang isakay habang ang isnag pasahero lang at bawal ang angkas sa mga traysikel.

Hangga’t maaari ay magpatupad rin sila ng sistema upang maiwasan ang pagkakaroon ng anumang physical contact sa mga pasahero kapag naniningil ng pamasahe.

Obligado rin ang PUV drivers na palagiang i-disinfect ang kanilang mga sasakyan.

Una nang nilinaw ng LTFRB na hindi lahat ng mga pampublikong sasakyan at ruta ang papayagang magbalik-operasyon dahil hindi naman lahat ng mga negosyo at empleyado ang papayagang bumalik sa trabaho sa gitna ng COVID-19 quarantine.

Samantala, tiniyak naman ng ride-hailing company na Grab na handa na silang mag-serbisyo sa kanilang mga pasahero.

Ayon sa Grab, magbibigay sila ng face masks sa kanilang partner-drivers at bawat sasakyan ay may nakalagay nang plastic barriers at surface disinfectant.

Sa kabila naman ng safety measures na ito, may ilang PUV driver na mas pipiliin pa ring huwag munang pumasada hangga’t umiiral ang community quarantine sa Metro Manila. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan, Jr.)

LTFRB allows taxi, ride-hailing apps to resume operations under ‘new normal’ rules

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 12, 2020

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will allow taxis and transport network vehicle services (TNVS) to resume their operations on May 16.

On Monday (May 11), LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra said taxis and TNVS should adhere to the “new normal” guidelines in order to be allowed to resume their operations

The guidelines include the implementation of a “no mask, no ride” policy, passengers will only be limited to a maximum of three, and the installation of acetate barriers for taxis and other public transportation.

“The primordial consideration is public health,” he said.

Delgra also said that the agency is encouraging the use of cashless transactions to lessen the risk of passengers and drivers getting infected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

“We are not making it mandatory but we are strongly encouraging the use of electronic payment scheme,” he said.

READ: Expect longer queues at MRT-3 under the new normal

The rail transits in the country already prepared their own protocols under the ‘new normal’ which also includes limiting the number of passengers per train. AAC


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