LTFRB warns sanctions vs ride-hailing firms overcharging during holiday season

Robie de Guzman   •   December 19, 2019   •   558

MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has warned to revoke the permits of Transport Network Companies (TNC) who will be found guilty of exacting exorbitant fares from the riding public this holiday season.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the LTFRB said it issued the warning following increasing complaints of lack of Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) units and continuous overcharging as noted by commuters this month.

“To the TNCs, do not abuse the clamor for TNVS this holiday season, hindi kami magdadalawang isip na tanggalan kayo ng permit kung kayo ay lalabag sa mga mandato na nakasaad sa inyong kontrata.” LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra said.

Delgra said the Board has called for a meeting with the app-based ride-hailing services this week to discuss the issue.

“To date, the agency has already issued around 49,000 Provisional Authorities and 11,000 Certificate of Public Convenience (CPCs) totaling to an approximate 60,000 permits given to TNVS in order for them to operate and to accommodate the need for additional public land transport. Ang tanong dito ay bakit kakaunti ang tumatakbong units?” Delgra said.

“The TNCs have to clarify this to us and to the riding public,” he added.

The Board also reminded the ride-hailing firms to strictly follow the approve fare structure guidelines, adding that they are continuously reviewing and monitoring the fare setting computation to determine any violation.

In the fare matrix approved by the LTFRB in August, TNVS companies are allowed to charge a flag down rate of up to P40 for car sedans, up to P50 for premium sport utility vehicles (SUV), and up to P30 for hatchbacks or sub-compact vehicles.

The Board also allowed a P15 additional charge per kilometer for sedans, P18 for SUVs, and P13 for hatchbacks, aside from the P2 charge per minute of travel. It also allowed TNVS firms to double their per kilometer and per minute charge through surge pricing.

The TNCs accredited by the LTFRB are Grab, Hype, Hirna, Owto, MiCab, Go Lag, ePickMeUp, SnappyCab, and Ryd.

Earlier this week, Grab was penalized by the Philippine Competition Commission for allegedly breaching its commitments on pricing and driver cancellation rates.

Lawmakers have also called on the LTFRB to review Grab face matrix amid reports of sudden surge pricing.

LTFRB mulls resuming operations of provincial buses from Metro Manila

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 16, 2020

After six months of temporary suspension due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Land Transportation Franchise and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is now eyeing to resume operations of provincial buses from Metro Manila.

LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra said they are continuously preparing and coordinating with several local governments on the possible return of provincial buses.

However, there are still provinces that continue to ban the entry of travelers from Metro Manila. Delgra said only Antique, Quirino, and Bataan agreed to open its doors to buses coming from Metro Manila.

“Whatever the case may be, we need to closely coordinate with the LGUs concerned because at the end of every trip it is the LGU that will receive and manage passengers in their respective jurisdictions,” he said.

Meanwhile, several local officials recommended a point-to-point scheme for provincial buses. The LTFRB reiterated they will also consider the areas along the route of the buses.

“They are suggesting na parang point to point po iyong pagbi-biyahe,” Delgra said.

Provincial bus operators have been appealing to the government to allow the resumption of their operations even if its on a limited capacity. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

Mas maraming pampasaherong jeep, papasada sa Metro Manila simula Agosto 26

Robie de Guzman   •   August 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Higit 1,000 pang unit ng tradisyunal na public utility jeepneys (PUJ) ang pinayagan ng Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) na pumasada sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng Metro Manila.

Sa isang pahayag, sinabi ng LTFRB na ang hakbang ay bahagi ng plano ng Department of Transportation (DOTr) na gradual o unti-unting pagpapanumbalik sa operasyon ng mga pampublikong transportasyon upang maserbisyuhan ang mga pasaherong pumapasok na sa trabaho sa gitna ng banta ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Ayon sa LTFRB, nasa 1,333 karagdagang traditional PUJs ang papasada sa 23 ruta sa Metro Manila simula sa Miyerkules, Agosto 26.

Batay sa Memorandum Circular 2020-040, maaaring bumiyahe ang mga nasabing jeep nang walang special permit pero kapalit nito ay ang QR code na ibibigay sa bawat operator bago pumasada.

Ang QR Code ay dapat naka-print sa short bond paper at naka-display sa PUJ unit. Maaari itong i-download QR Code mula sa website ng LTFRB simula Martes ng hapon, Agosto 25.

Kailangan ring naka-register sa Land Transportation Office (LTO) ang PUJ unit bilang roadworthy o akma sa pagbiyahe sa kalsada, at mayroong valid Personal Passenger Insurance Policy.

Kabilang din sa mga requirement para mag-operate ang traditional PUJs ay ang pagsunod sa safety measures alinsunod sa mga alintuntunin ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) tulad ng pagsuri sa body temperature, pagsusuot ng face mask/shield at gloves sa lahat ng oras, at ang pag-operate ng 50% maximum passenger capacity ng PUJ.

Batay sa datos ng LTFRB, umaabot na sa kabuuang 13,776 na traditional PUJ units ang pinayagang magbalik-pasada simula nang isailalim ang Metro Manila sa general community quarantine status.

Muli namang paalala ng ahensiya sa jeepney drivers at operators, walang taas-pasahe na ipatutupad maliban na ang kung inaprubahan ito ng LTFRB.

Sa ngayon, nasa P9.00 pa rin ang pasahe sa unang apat na kilometro at dagdag na P1.50 sa mga susunod na kilometro.

Muli ring nagpaalala ang ahensya hinggil sa pagpapatupad ng social distancing protocols at ang ‘no face mask, no face shield, no ride’ policy sa mga pampublikong sasakyan. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Joan Nano)

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)

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