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MIAA and LTFRB to impose stiffer penalties for “colorum” and abusive taxi drivers at NAIA

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — “Colorum” taxis and abusive taxi drivers are the common problems passengers face at the terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Based on the figures of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), the airport police apprehend about 400 abusive cab drivers and two colorum taxis every month.

This prompted the MIAA to coordinate with the Land Transportation Franchising or Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in stopping the illegal activities that taint the image of the Philippines.

Through an agreement signed by the two agencies, the LTRFRB and MIAA will tighten the monitoring of taxis conveying passengers from NAIA.

Taxi drivers found contracting passengers, as well those driving colorum cabs will face heavier penalties.

From the previous P1,000 fine on drivers of colorum taxis, it will now increase to P120,000 and three-month suspension, similar to what the LTRFRB imposes on other areas in Metro Manila.

In the past, cab drivers were banned from entering NAIA if found contracting fares from passengers. This time, violators will be prohibited from operating in the entire vicinity of the airport.

“So that when our compatriots or tourists arrive here, they would see that our airports are really show windows. I hope this abusive taxi drivers would stop, because we will not tolerate them,” MIAA general manager, Eddie Monreal said.

Earlier, the LTFRB deployed eight traffic law enforcers at NAIA and immediately inspected all the cabs parked at the airport.

The LTFRB and MIAA appealed to passengers anew to stop patronizing colorum and abusive taxi drivers operating at NAIA.

When encountering such drivers, authorities advice passengers to immediately report them to LTFRB or to the airport police and traffic law enforcers deployed at the airport.

LTFRB chairman, Atty. Martin Delgra III said, “When your rights are being abused, assert your right so the abusive cab driver will also be shocked. Because many of those who have been victimized have not asserted their rights.”

For any complaints or information about the matter, the public may coordinate with transport and airport authorities via the hotline numbers or social media accounts of LTRFB and MIAA. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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Fuel vouchers to be distributed in Marikina today

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, September 24th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Fuel Subsidy Card

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will be visiting Marikina City Hall Quadrangle today, September 24, to continue the fuel voucher distribution caravan for all public utility jeepney (PUJ) operators and drivers.

The distribution will begin at 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Operators or drivers need to bring relevant documents to prove ownership of the franchise in order to claim the Libreng Pantawid Pasada cards.

The caravan aims to simplify the process of allocating the fuel vouchers of the Pantawid Pasada Program to almost 200,000 registered PUJ operators across the country.

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DOTr belies report of approved P12 minimum jeepney fare

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, September 10th, 2018

The Department of Transportation has belied reports circulating on social media that the minimum jeepney fare is now P12.

A post by the Facebook page Philippinews Trend said that the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board has approved the P12 jeepney fare and will implement it starting November.

The DOTr refuted the claim and confirmed that the prevailing provisional fare for jeepneys is P9.00.

In a new post, Philippinews Trend apologized for the wrong information and explained that their FB account was allegedly hacked. They have since deleted the misleading article.

The DOTr reminds the public to be discerning about what you read online and to check official social media accounts instead for reliable information.

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Xiamen Air to pay P15-M for runway mishap

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

A Xiamen aircraft ready for takeoff | Xiamen Airlines via Facebook

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) will charge Xiamen Air P15-M to cover the rental cost of equipment used in clearing the damaged plane from the main runway of Ninoy Aquino International Airport, said MIAA general manager Ed Monreal in an interview Tuesday.

MIAA will also charge the airline for lost revenue in landing and take-off fees.

Xiamen Air has issued an apology to passengers and other airlines affected by the accident.

The incident resulted in hundreds of canceled flights and thousands of passengers stranded.

By Tuesday, flight operations were back to normal and the crowds have dwindled to a manageable size.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines will continue to investigate the incident.

The House Committee on Transportation is also set to conduct an inquiry on September 5.

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