Motorcycle ride booking transport service, unauthorized – LTO

UNTV News   •   August 1, 2017   •   6472

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MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) are both wondering why the motorcycle ride booking transport service called Angkas is still in operation.

This, after the LTFRB suspended the said transport service and that of another service called Wunder, in January this year.

The suspension came about after the two companies failed to complete the necessary permits and abide by the regulations of the government.

Just recently, an Angkas passenger was critically hurt when the motorcycle he was riding figured in an accident.

The victim is still in coma, while the driver is now out of danger.

This prompted the LTO to summon the driver and the motorcycle owner  to explain why they continued their operation when the suspension is still in effect.

The LTO is also considering coming up with a new regulation on the registration and on the issuance of licenses for motorcycles.

“Sana yung mga ganyang app hindi naman basta ginagamit mo without consideration of safety and security lalong lalo na kung ikaw ay nago-operate ng motorsiklo. Dapat naka helmet ka at yung sakay mo, regardless kung sino man siya, dapat naka helmet din,” LTO chief Edgar Galvante said. (Apps like this should not be used without consideration for safety and security, especially if you’re operating a motorbike. Your passenger should wear a helmet. Regardless of who they are, they should wear a helmet.)

The LTO said the agency is not recommending the use of motorcycles as public transportation unless they will be transformed into tricycle units.

One of their bases is the mounting number of accidents involving motorcycles.

The LTO is now advising the public to stop patronizing this kind of transportation as they are considered “colorum”.

“Sana wag nilang tignan yung comfort lang or convenience but rather tignan nila kung makakapagbigay ng sapat na proteksyon yung sasakyan nilang vehicle,” Galvante said. (I hope they will look not only at comfort or convenience but rather consider if the vehicle they will be riding on can give enough protection.)

This, however, drew varying reactions from the public.

“Ok lang basta may helmet, kasi masyadong traffic. Mas maininam para iwas traffic,” said Rodolfo Ramos, a commuter. (It’s okay as long as you use a helmet, because the traffic is so bad. It’s a preferable way to avoid traffic.)

Another commuter, Marvin Lopez disagrees.  “Di kasi siya ligtas kasi eh. Maraming sasakyan, malalaki, kailangan doble ingat tapos dalawa lang gulong ng mga motor so pwedeng tumumba, delikado,” he said. ( It’s not safe. There are bigger vehicles on the road, you have to be extra careful. Also, the bike has only two wheels so it can easily be thrown off-balance, it’s dangerous.)  —  Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

 

LTO to sanction drivers violating traffic rules on railroad crossings

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 5, 2019

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) will sanction drivers who will violate traffic rules on railroad crossings as ordered by the Department of Transportation (Dotr).

The Dotr also directed LTO, in coordination with the Philippine National Railways (PNR), to establish an enforcement mechanism on vehicles traversing the operating lines of the PNR.

“Through an enforcement system, violators cannot just get away with their misbehavior. We will be able to determine those who deliberately and habitually disobey our traffic rules on rail lines,” said DOTr Undersecretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Mark de Leon.

De Leon said this will ensure public safety as well as protect railway infrastructure.

“PNR earlier sought the assistance of the DOTr to enforce proper sanctions to drivers who deliberately beat approaching trains, causing collisions and bringing damage to government property and danger to the public,” says DOTr’s statement on Facebook.—AAC

QC Court stops implementation of Edsa provincial bus ban

Robie de Guzman   •   August 2, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – A local court has temporarily stopped the implementation of the highly-contested proposal to ban provincial buses from plying Epifanio delos Santos (Edsa).

In an order dated July 31 and released on August 2, the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 223 has granted the writ of preliminary injunction filed by 18 transport groups against the scheme.

The QC court said it found “just cause” to stop the ban and schedule the case for hearings.

The court said it needs to hear the side of the defendants of the case – the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) considering that “the matter on hand greatly impacts the welfare of the public.”

The proposed policy of the MMDA and the LTFRB prohibits provincial buses from traversing Edsa to decongest traffic. It also seeks to revoke business permits and shut down the operation of all provincial bus terminals located along Edsa.

The LTFRB also amended last month the routes for provincial buses traveling along the major thoroughfare.

A dry run for the policy is supposed to begin on August 7.

The court notes in its order that these measures would have “far-reaching effects” to the businesses, employees and other contracts of provincial bus companies. It added that the shortened routes would also affect the salary of employees.

“While as a rule, the right to income or earning does not prevail over public welfare, in the instant case since the Court has as yet not been presented with a clear basis or sufficient justification for the issuances, there is no reason to consider these issuances to have priority over the Plaintiffs’ rights as well as those that would suffer from their implementation,” the order read.

The court also asked the MMDA and the LTFRB on why point-to-point (P2P) buses are given privilege of plying Edsa even if their sizes were similar to those of regular buses.

It further said that since the said agencies failed to file a response, “no explanation or study has been presented to this Court to aid the latter in determining whether the provincial buses are indeed the cause of ‘horrendous traffic’ and if their ban and closure of their terminals is the best solution.”

“In view of the absence of any evidence on behalf of the Public Defendants, the evidence provided so far by the Plaintiffs tend to show that indeed, there was abuse in the issuance of the subject LTFRB MC and MMDA Regulation,” the order read.

The court gave the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG), which represents the MMDA and the LTFRB, until August 14 to file a response to the case.

Anti-Red Tape body tells LTFRB to explain irregularities in TNVS policies

Robie de Guzman   •   July 24, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) on Wednesday asked the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to explain alleged irregularities in its policies for the application of permit for transport network vehicle service (TNVS).

In its show-cause order, the ARTA directed LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra to explain within three days the purported delays in the processing of permits and other irregularities as complained by TNVS applicants.

Based on its order, the anti-red tape agency said that among the other irregularities “identified and determined” to have been committed by the LTFRB was its failure to enforce Memorandum Circular No. 2018-005; failure to conduct hearings and render decisions for an unreasonable length of time on applications for certificate of public convenience to operate TNVS; and implementing abrupt changes in the requirements and procedures for TNVS application without due notice to the public.

The ARTA said failure to explain the aforementioned issues could be tantamount to defying President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to stop red tape in the government.

In a message to reporters, Delgra confirmed he has received the notice and assured to submit an explanation addressing the allegations within the deadline.

ARTA’s order came after groups of TNVS driver and operators went offline earlier this month in protest of LTFRB’s alleged inconsistencies in its policies in terms of TNVS application and registration. (with details from Joan Nano)

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