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

admin   •   August 8, 2017   •   5782

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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MIAA warns public against taxi drivers with tampered meters

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 19, 2019

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) warns the public against abusive drivers who use tampered meters.

Authorities received a report from a passenger who rode a taxi from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to Alabang. His fare went up to P630 which should have cost around P350-P400 only.

Authorities immediately conducted an investigation and will file a case against the driver.

Proven violators will have their operator’s franchise and driver’s license revoked.

The MIAA reminded the public to immediately report these incidents to authorities through their Facebook account or hotline, (02) 8771111. They can also message NAIA at 0917-839-6242.—AAC

US Homeland Security lifts security notice on NAIA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 9, 2019

The United States Department of Homeland Security (US-DHS) has lifted the public notice on security conditions at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

On Thursday (Aug 8), the US-DHS has released a statement saying the Philippines has made significant improvements at the NAIA.

Based on the statement, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) and various civil aviation security authorities have demonstrated their willingness to work towards sustaining the improvements.

United States Ambassador Sung Kim also congratulated Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur ahead of the official advisory.

Tugade is grateful for the efforts of MIAA, the Office for Transportation Security (OTS), as well as other civil aviation security groups in NAIA.

“While we are happy with this news, we must remember that the more important thing is that we sustain and consistently improve our efforts to ensure the safety and security of the passengers,” he said.

Last December 2018, the US-DHS has issued a public notice due to NAIA’s “failure to adequately implement and maintain international security standards”.—AAC

MIAA declares flight cancellations amid public protests in Hong Kong

Marje Pelayo   •   August 5, 2019

Police fire tear gas to disperse Hong Kong protesters | Courtesy: Photoville International

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) declared flight cancellations to Hong Kong on Monday (August 5) due to the massive protests that affected airport operations in the autonomous territory.

The following flights for Monday have been cancelled:

TERMINAL 3

Cathay Pacific

  • CX907 – HKG – MNL
  • CX906 – MNL – HKG
  • CX919 – HKG – MNL
  • CX918 – MNL – HKG-
  • CX903 – HKG – MNL
  • CX902 – MNL – HKG
  • CX935 – HKG – MNL
  • CX934 – MNL – HKG
  • CX939 – HKG – MNL

TERMINAL 2

Philippine Airlines

  • PR318 – MNL – HKG
  • PR319 – HKG – MNL
  • PR306 – MNL – HKG
  • PR307 – HKG – MNL

The following are the flights already cancelled for Tuesday (August 6):

TERMINAL 3

Cathay Pacific

  • CX912 – MNL – HKG
  • CX976 – MNL – HKG

Affected passengers are advised to check the status of their flights through their respective airlines as well as for options for rebooking and refunding.

The almost month-long public protests have been paralyzing Hong Kong’s businesses with protesters blocking commuter trains and storming airport premises amid call against China-initiated extradition bill and the resignation of Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam.

Reports said even aviation workers are also planning to join the protest.

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