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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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Appeal vs jeepney, bus fare hike may delay implementation – LTFRB

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Before they can implement the back to back fare hikes in jeepneys and buses, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) must resolve first the petition filed by a commuters’ group against the fare increases.

Last week, the LTFRB announced the approval of a P10 minimum jeepney fare in Metro Manila, Calabarzon and Central Luzon as well as the P1.00 increase in bus fare which was seen to take effect on November 3.

LFTRB chair Martin Delgra said that the Board will try to decide on the petition immediately.

When asked if implementation of the fare hike may possibly be delayed, Delgra said, “There is a possibility, but as I’ve said we will agenda the motion, for reconsideration this week. We’re going to have a board meeting tomorrow so we would be certainly able to discuss and hopefully resolve it within the period.”

Meanwhile, Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (Fejodap) head, Zeny Maranan questioned the statement of the LTFRB by noting that the price of petroleum per liter has not gone lower than P25 so as to warrant a delay in the implementation of the new fare scheme,

Delgra said that the approved fare rates for buses and jeepneys may still change depending on the movement of the oil prices in world market.

“Historically, the minimum fare has moved up and down, with respect to external factors which includes of course the movement of prices in the fuel,” said the LTFRB chair. — Yssa Jalmasco (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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LTFRB approves P1 bus fare increase

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2018

After approving the P10 minimum fare in jeepneys, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has also granted a provisional P1.00 fare increase in commuter buses.

This raises the P10 minimum fare of ordinary buses to P11 while air-conditioned buses with a  minimum fare of P12 will now charge P13.

The fare hike will be implemented 15 days after publication of the decision.

Other than the P1.00 increase, buses are also authorized to add P0.15 per succeeding kilometer of travel. — 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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