Operators of old school service vehicles to get 2-year reprieve – LTFRB
Marje Pelayo • May 29, 2018 • 6586
An LTFRB personnel inspects a school service vehicle.
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) announced Tuesday, May 29, it will now implement stricter standards for school service vehicles.
The agency will prohibit school service vehicles which are more than 15 years old.
But it decided to give operators of over 15-year old school service vehicles two more years of reprieve on the condition that they pass the motor vehicle inspection system (MVIS) of the Land Transportation Office (LTO.)
For those who are planning to purchase school service vehicles, here are the guidelines set by the LTFRB:
• Secure a franchise issued by LTFB and a school accreditation.
• Units must have proper markings, CCTV camera, medical kit, painted with yellow and zebra stripes and its windows should have grills.
• School service vehicles must have front facing seats with seat belt, as well as names and contact number of operator printed in the exterior.
The LTFRB clarified that payment for school service is deregulated, but that it’s ready to hear complaints.
“We will issue show cause order to those being complained of. We will either cancel or suspend your franchise if you will not be able to comply strictly with the requirements,” said Atty. Aileen Lizada of LTFRB.
Parents have the right to select which school service they want to hire. But the LTFRB reminds them to choose the ones that comply with the policies of the agency. – Mon Jocson
MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has announced a final call to all transportation network vehicle service (TNVS) applicants who registered online but did not pursue their application to officially lodge their applications until November 15 (Friday).
According to LTFRB, there were at least 4,499 online applications that remain pending from the 10,000 slots the agency opened in June and 5,000 slots it opened in July.
To proceed with the applications, the LTFRB calls on applicants to adhere to the following guidelines:
Only those with complete details and information submitted via on-line registration will be accepted for filing of the application;
The units subject of application must not be more than three (3) years old at the time of filing;
Only the applicant is allowed to file. In case of applicant’s absence, his/her direct ascendant/descendant or spouse is allowed to represent applicant, provided they are authorized through a Special Power of Attorney (SPA), with valid Government-issued ID of both applicant and representative;
Provisional Authority (PA) will be issued upon acceptance of the application.
The agency said that all applications submitted after the deadline will be considered null and void.
Nebrija further said that while there is still no court order, the MMDA will still push through with its preparations and their plans for the bus terminal closure, which the agency targets to implement in June.
“We’ll wait kung go or no go but we are still preparing, we’re still pushing with the plan. In the absence of a court order, we will push through with it,” he added.
The MMDA official believes that the impending implementation of the provincial bus ban on Edsa remains as one of the best alternatives to decongest Metro Manila roads.
Nebrija, however, said that they still haven’t come up with a timeline from preparations to implementation as they are still yet to receive the policy guidelines from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
The MMDA had implemented a dry run of the bus ban in April but suspended it in less than a month.
Three were killed while 73 were injured when an AMV Travel and Tour Bus collided with a 10-wheeler truck along Maharlika Highway diversion road.
Based on the initial investigation, “human error” is the cause of the accident.
The LTFRB also discovered that the tour bus was traversing in an authorized route. They will also file a preventive suspension order against the other bus units of AMV Travel and Tours.—(with reports from Joan Nano)
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