New transport network company “OWTO” stopped by LTFRB

admin   •   December 18, 2017   •   16459

Launch invitation of new transport network company, OWTO, posted on social media.

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Attorney Aileen Lizada, board member of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) was shocked to learn of  a soon-to-be launched transport network company called, ‘OWTO’.

The LTFRB ordered to stop its scheduled launch on Monday, December 18, because they still have not contacted the LTFRB.

 

“To the organizers of OWTO, it is best that you coordinate with the LTFRB before you do any press conference, before you do any marketing because you need, you know, the basic requirements that the law requires. They cannot just launch without presenting the business design to the regulatory body. That is their mistake they post it,” said Lizada.

But according to OWTO Chief Executive Officer Joel Gayod, they personally presented to LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra, their business proposal.

 

“We presented all the features especially the security features. We had a positive response from Chairman Delgra. Before he left the conference he said, ‘Okay, take care of your app.’ We took it as a positive note. Atty. Lizada was not there when we had the presentation,” said Gayod.

They also already submitted the required documents except for the endorsement from the Department of Information and Technology (DICT).

 

“This is a new guideline that we have to be endorsed by DICT.  The problem is, DICT is not yet ready. They have not formed a group to regulate this kind of application. We went to DICT several times,” explained Gayod.

OWTO is a transport network vehicle service application like Uber and GRAB but is owned and made by Filipinos. They will initially process 5,000 units once the application is officially launched.  Grace Gasin | UNTV News & Rescue

43 illegally operating vehicles, impounded in NCR under anti-colorum drive — LTFRB

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has reported that 43 private vehicles have been impounded during the agency’s anti-colorum drive.

LTFRB Executive Director Joel Bolano on Friday (April 16) reported that as of April 12, 43 units have been impounded for unauthorized operations.

He also reminded the public not to hire services from colorum units especially if the implemented health and safety protocols are not followed.

Huwag pumatol sa mga colorum. Hindi po nasusunod ang ating health protocols. Baka sa kagustuhan po nating makauwi, iyong pasalubong na ating maiwuuwi ay virus. Wala rin po silang insurance na pwedeng sumagot. Ang mga public utility ay mayroon passenger accident insurance. Sana po sundan natin ang mga patakaran pagdating sa public transport (Let us not hire colorum units. They may not be following health protocols. Due to our desire to go home, we might bring home the virus instead. [These colorum] also do not have any insurance. Our public utility has what we call passenger accident insurance. I hope we follow the rules when it comes to public transport),he said.

Meanwhile, the agency admits there is a challenge in monitoring PUVs when it comes to following the 50% limited capacity.

Bolano said they are coordinating with various government agencies to make sure health protocols, as well as limited capacity in public transport, are implemented. AAC

Additional 195 routes for provincial buses to open April 15 — LTFRB

Marje Pelayo   •   April 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines —  The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) announced that 195 routes in different parts of the country are set to open on Thursday (April 15) for the operation of 2,665 provincial public utility buses (PUBs).

This is in compliance with Memorandum Circular No. 2021-023 issued by the LTFRB and to uphold the mandate of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) of providing convenient travel to the riding public.

Such a move is expected to minimize or fully stop the operation of out-of-line or “colorum” vehicles which the DOTr sees as among the main contributors to the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to different parts of the country.

Though the LTFRB announced these new routes, protocols will still depend on the restrictions and requirements imposed by respective local government units (LGUs) particularly the decision to open their borders to public vehicles coming from other LGUs.

To check the additional routes, click this link.

Roadworthy provincial buses may operate if they have a valid personal passenger insurance policy in the new routes.

Vehicles allowed in the new routes are those with a QR code from LTFRB which must be printed and displayed in the bus unit.

QR Codes can be downloaded from the LTFRB’s official website www.ltfrb.gov.ph.

3 vehicles impounded in intensified anti-colorum operations

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Three vehicles were impounded during an anti-colorum operation of the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (IACT) on Thursday (April 8).

Authorities conducted the operation in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan.

The three vehicles impounded were two shuttle vans and one jeepney – all operating illegally for not having special permits.

“The Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT) is enhancing its anti-colorum activities as illegal transport activities pose health hazards and increased virus transmission during community quarantine season,” according to I-ACT.

Last week, an LTFRB-led operation had apprehended colorum vehicles and trucks which were used to transport civilians amid the travel restrictions imposed during the quarantine period.

Seventy-nine passengers of the said apprehended vehicles s were found out to be positive of the COVID-19 virus.

I-ACT said it will increase its road inspections especially its anti-colorum operations as a response to the increasing illegal transport activities in the region. -AAC

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