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New TNC ‘Hype’ releases fare rate

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, 26 April 2018 06:14 PM

Filipino-owned transport network company (TNC) Hype

 

MANILA, Philippines — The newest ride-hailing service company “Hype” has now released its fare structure.

Hype’s base fare is P40 with additional charge of P14 per kilometer for their Sedan cars.

Meanwhile, P30 will be the base fare for carpooling service with an additional P9.50 per kilometer rate. Though new, the transport network company’s (TNC) fare rate is somehow similar to that of Grab.

“We don’t have per minute [rate] and no hidden charges,” said Nick Escalante, Hype’s President and CEO.

Students, senior citizens and persons with disability (PWD) will automatically get discounted fares. Passengers can book a ride even without internet connection but by simply using SMS or text messaging applications. The Hype app also has an “SOS” button feature that drivers and passengers may use in times of emergencies.

“Hype” can accommodate up to 65,000 transport network vehicle service (TNVS) drivers as approved by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) It vows to implement a “one-strike policy” apprehension among its drivers in the event of violations.

The “Hype” app can be downloaded beginning May 19 while its operations will officially start on May 26.

“Hype” is just one of the new TNC players in the country along with Golag, Hirna, Micab, Owto and U-Hop. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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LTFRB: Pantawid Pasada cards may only be claimed until Feb. 28

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, 27 February 2019 08:51 AM

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) reminds legitimate franchise holders of Public Utility Jeepneys (PUJ) that they only have until Thursday, February 28 to claim their fuel cards under the government’s Pantawid Pasada program.

Under the program, fuel vouchers in the form of cash cards will be provided to PUJ qualified franchise holders to help them cope with the additional excise tax on fuel products under the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law.

For 2019, PUJ drivers are given P20,514 under the program. The fuel cards are processed by the Land Bank of the Philippines and funded through the TRAIN Act.

Drivers can use the Pantawid Pasada cards in select gasoline stations across the country.

The LTFRB in a statement said that around 86,000 cards are yet to be distributed to beneficiaries nationwide out of the more than 170,000 national target of beneficiaries in 2018.

For beneficiaries who cannot personally claim their fuel cards, the LTFRB reiterated that they are already accepting notarized Special Power of Attorney (SPA) that can be downloaded from their website or are available in their office.

The notarized SPA can be brought by the beneficiary’s representatives to their respective LTFRB offices, along with an original photocopy of identification card of the franchise holder and of the representative; original OR/CR, original copy of CPC or proof of franchise, and recent photo of qualified franchise holder.

The board also urged the public to visit their accounts on social media for the complete list of fuel subsidy program beneficiaries. – Robie de Guzman (with reports from Mon Jocson)

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Student passengers can still avail fare discounts on holidays – LTFRB

by admin   |   Posted on Friday, 21 December 2018 06:02 PM

Civil Engineering student Joselito Derudar was excited to come home in Masbate to spend time with his family this holiday season.

However, his trip was delayed when the bus conductor rejected him to avail his 20 percent discount as a student.

“Sabi noong papuntang Pilar P750 raw [pamasahe] minus P150. Malaki na kasi iyong P150. Syempre sa isang estudyante nag-aaral ka pa lang wala ka pang sweldo kailangan namin ng pera,” he said when he reported the incident to authorities.

Michael Aresco, the conductor defended that they couldn’t give student discounts because classes were on break and the holidays already started though it  is still a weekday.

“‘Pagka wala kasing pasok nakalagay doon sa may taripa, fare matrix may nakalagay doon na during school day may discount pero kapag walang pasok, no discount,” said Aresco.

Eventually, an LTFRB officer came and reminded the conductor to allow Joselito and other students proper discounts.

“Kakaconfirm lang po sa amin noong head namin mayroon po tayong discount estudyante as long as maprovide po iyong ID at valid po siya kahit holiday po. Kahit holiday meron po,” said LTFRB transport inspector Ian Mangaring.

In 2017, LTFRB released a memorandum circular on student discount even on days without classes, weekend and holidays.

On the start of December this year, a proposition edifying the 20% student discount has passed the technical working group in the House of Representatives.

For Joselito, it is important to have a basic knowledge on the law to be able to defend your rights in times of need.

“Nakita namin iyong karapatan namin bilang  estudyante. Dapat nagbabasa ka ng batas, alam mo iyong karapatan mo bilang Pinoy. Malaking tulong na rin kasi iyong 20 percent na discount,” said Derudar. — with reports from Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue

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LTFRB opens 20,000 slots for new TNVS applications

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, 18 December 2018 10:14 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has opened 20,000 slots for new applications for transport network vehicle service (TNVS).

The agency said the newly opened slots are part of the initial 65,000 capacity set for TNVS.

According to LTFRB, they decided to open more slots because of the lower turnout of applicants in the previously set online application.

Interested applicants may visit LTFRB’s website www.ltfrb.ph.net.

Application is open from December 17, 2019 to January 2, 2019.

The LTFRB reminds TNVS applicants to secure all documents for faster processing. – UNTV News and Rescue

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