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LTO Region 9 expected to deliver 30,000 driver’s license this month

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Driver’s license cards of around 30,000 applicants in Zamboanga peninsula may possibly be claimed this month.

The new driver’s license cards from the LTO Central Office are expected to arrive this week at the Land Transportation Regional Office 9.

Thirty-thousand (30,000) licenses are set to be delivered which will be immediately distributed to applicants through the ‘first-in, first-out’ policy.

The agency will release a public advisory as to who can receive them.

According to Atty. Aminola Abataon, regional director of LTO Region 9, it’s a huge reduction from their over 120,000 backlogs in the whole region.

“This has been a problem since last year. We have no cards to give. Starting this week, hopefully, there are supplies coming from Zamboanga Region 9 and for Zamboanga City, in particular, wherein we are already able to provide,” Atty. Abataon said.

He added that if the supply of driver’s license becomes normal, they will place claiming booths in malls so applicants would not have to go to their office.

“If the supplies have normalized, we will place claiming booths even here in malls. We will print and we will let the public claim it here.”

They will also open licensing office every Saturday and Sunday so more of our fellowmen will be served.

Meanwhile, LTO has asked for understanding from motorists whose issuance of licenses has long been delayed.

LTO has assured that the concerned agencies are doing everything they can to further hasten the distribution of the new driver’s license.  — Dante Amento | UNTV News & Rescue

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Intensified LTO inspection, trouble for some jeepney drivers

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018


MANILA, Philippines – The “Tanggal Bulok Tanggal Usok” campaign of the government does not end with just restricting the daily operation of public utility jeepneys (PUJs).

Even the renewal of the registration of public utility vehicles and heavy trucks at the Land Transportation Office (LTO) is just twice as hard and twice as strict.

Some jeepney drivers said that the intensified inspection now being conducted by the LTO is only causing them much trouble.

According to them, it is a big sacrifice to line up for inspection and not being able to earn for the day.

 

“Bagsak yung usok, 2.5. Kailangan ipapalinis yung ano, walang usok. Linis muna tapos balik dito,” said Genelito Leduna, a jeepney driver.

(Failed the emission test at 2.5. It has to be cleaned first then we’re coming back here.)

“Sa smoke lang po. Yung preno naman po walang problema,” said Abraham Cruz.

Some of the drivers whose vehicle did not pass the inspection will have to go back for another try after having their vehicles fixed.

“Kagabi, alas otso umalis na kami ng bahay dumating kami 9:30 hanggang ngayon wala kaming tulog, sakripisyo talaga,” said jeepney driver Neri Purigay.

(Last night we left home at 8 and got here at 9:30. We haven’t slept yet. It’s really a sacrifice.)

But according to Fernando Eligio, chief of LTO-NCR Law Enforcement Unit, the government is serious in its implementation of the “Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok” campaign.

“Mas pinag-igting pa po natin yung ating operasyon kontra nga doon sa mga bulok na sasakyan o may bulok na piyesa ng sasakyan,” said Eligio.

(We have intensified our operations against dilapidated vehicles and motor parts.)

The chief added they are also conducting internal cleansing in their unit.

“Sa ngayon wala na po talaga yung magbibigay, maglalagay para lang po makalusot yung mga ganyang gawain,” said Eligio.

(This time there are no more incidents of red tapes and bribing to get away with corrupt practices.)

Due to the strict inspections conducted, along the line of the vehicles has occupied one lane of the three lanes of East Avenue in Quezon City and has reached the Elliptical Road.

The inspection and registration of public utility vehicles (PUVs) and heavy trucks with plate numbers ending with one are extended to Friday, February 2.

Vehicles that did not pass the inspection and still could not register on the said date, will be meted a penalty.

The inspection service of LTO in Quezon City and Pasay City operates from 5 am to 8 pm. – Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue

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I-ACT kicks off full implementation of “Tanggal Bulok,Tanggal Usok” drive

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, January 11th, 2018


MANILA, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Council on Traffic or I-ACT  began the full implementation of the “Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok” campaign on Wednesday.

During apprehensions, the I-ACT checked the condition of the apprehended vehicle such as its headlight, and signal light.

In the case of one jeepney that had bald tires, the I-ACT found it already dangerous for travel and had it impounded.

If the jeepney is already too old and causes smoke belching, authorities will impound it.

“We will not subpoena them in court. They are instructed to report to an emission center because before once you are apprehended for having a smoke-belching unit, the process happens on the spot. And once you failed there, you will be issued with a traffic violation, which will cause heavy traffic,” Land Transportation Office (LTO) Inspector Jose Manuel Bonnevie said.

Once a vehicle fails to pass road worthiness check, its owners will have to pay fines.

For drivers who will fail to attend the hearing, authorities will have their names alerted in the LTO and Land Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) so they could no longer renew their franchise.

As of Wednesday, I-ACT has already issued 166 subpoenas while 4 vehicles have been impounded.

Some apprehended drivers, meanwhile, call on the government to give them another chance.

“I have no money, sir. I am still saving money,” jeepney driver Leopoldo Rodriguez said.

Department of Transportation or DOTr Undersecretary Tim Orbos said the government is serious in its campaign to flag down dilapidated and smoke belching jeepney units.

“Yesterday, we apprehended several jeepneys with bald tires. It means, when it rains it’s already risky. Several [jeepneys] had no breaks. A number had their lights off, which I don’t understand up to now why they don’t have their lights on at night. So, they can get upset with the modernization but not with worthiness. When it comes to it, we have no qualms about implementing it,” DOTr Road and Transportation Usec. Tim Orbos said.

Meanwhile, transport group leader Jun Magno went to the Motor Vehicle Inspection System or MVIS office of the LTO.

The MVIS office is in charge of checking on the roadworthiness of a vehicle.

“Why are they blaming the operators when they’re the ones who are lacking. There has been no road worthiness here for years. There’s not even a smoke emission. The problem now is that they’ve been arresting jeepneys. Who should really be apprehended?  Should it not be them because they’re not complying with the law?” Stop and Go president, Jun Magno said.

UNTV News team is still waiting for the response of LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante regarding the issue. – Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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Arrogant driver denies slapping the elderly taxi driver in a viral video

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 28th, 2017


MANILA, Philippines – Cherish Shermaine Interior did not attend Wednesday’s scheduled hearing at the Land Transportation Office (LTO), where she was supposed to face the taxicab driver she allegedly hurt during a traffic altercation.

A witness took videos of the incident and posted it on social media where it immediately went viral.

Instead, interior submitted her position paper on the incident where she stated her side.

She said the taxicab driver in the viral video, Virgilio Doctor, was driving recklessly and tailgating their vehicle.

When she confronted the taxicab driver, she claimed Doctor tried to escape and even hit her knees, and called her “baliw” (crazy).

Interior also denied slapping the taxi driver, claiming she just pointed a finger at him.

She argued her reaction to such an incident was normal especially since she was with her small children.

Doctor, on the other hand, denied the allegations of Interior.

“I was inside the taxicab, how can I hurt her? Maybe she was just hit by my car door… she was just saying that. My ears still hurt from what she did,” Doctor said.

Interior further said she even called the operator of Doctor and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), but to no avail.

She also claimed that the vehicle she was driving at the time was not hers, and that she was not aware that its registration has already expired.

However, she did not mention in her position paper the apology of the taxicab driver she confronted.

Interior said she decided to no longer attend the hearing due to safety and security concerns, noting that many on social media are threatening to hurt her.

She asked the LTO to dismiss the complaint filed against her.

However, Doctor will still push through with the complaints of unjust vexation, malicious mischief, slight physical injuries he filed against the woman.

“[In behalf of] my colleagues who are being maltreated just because we are poor. In behalf of taxi drivers, this is our fight,” Doctor said.

According to LTO Law Enforcement Service Dir. Francis Ray Almora, the case is already considered submitted for resolution since interior failed to attend the hearing.

“ After we review it, it would depend on the appreciation of Asec. Galvante. We may suspend or revoke her license,” Almora said.

LTO has placed Doctor under physical examination to determine if he can still drive after suffering a mild stroke in 2014.

According to the lawyer of the taxicab driver, Atty. Ariel Inton Jr, the LTO renewed his license in 2015 after passing the agency’s physical and medical examination.

“Since then he has not had a  major accident, major traffic violation until this incident with Ms. Interior,” Atty. Ariel Inton Jr. said. – Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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