Operators of old school service vehicles to get 2-year reprieve – LTFRB

Marje Pelayo   •   May 29, 2018   •   7022

 

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

LTFRB Central Office to accept official transactions starting June 3

Marje Pelayo   •   June 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) announced that its central office will start accepting official transactions on Wednesday (June 3).

Those who will visit the central office are reminded to adhere to the government’s social distancing guidelines and health protocols such as wearing face masks, body temperature check and regular disinfection.

However, LTFRB also reminds the public that online processing of selected transactions remains as stated in the agency’s Memorandum Circular 2020-016 regarding the  mandatory on-line filing of request for selected transactions while the general community quarantine (GCQ) is still in place.

Transactions which will be accepted online include:

1. Request for Special Permit;

2. Request for Confirmation of Unit/s

3. Request for Franchise Verification

4. Correction of Typographical Error

5. Request for Issuance or Extension Provisional Authority

Procedures on how to file your request may be viewed here.

Online processing is being implemented to uphold the safety standards of social distancing, according to the agency reiterated.

LTFRB warns sanctions vs ride-hailing firms overcharging during holiday season

Robie de Guzman   •   December 19, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has warned to revoke the permits of Transport Network Companies (TNC) who will be found guilty of exacting exorbitant fares from the riding public this holiday season.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the LTFRB said it issued the warning following increasing complaints of lack of Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) units and continuous overcharging as noted by commuters this month.

“To the TNCs, do not abuse the clamor for TNVS this holiday season, hindi kami magdadalawang isip na tanggalan kayo ng permit kung kayo ay lalabag sa mga mandato na nakasaad sa inyong kontrata.” LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra said.

Delgra said the Board has called for a meeting with the app-based ride-hailing services this week to discuss the issue.

“To date, the agency has already issued around 49,000 Provisional Authorities and 11,000 Certificate of Public Convenience (CPCs) totaling to an approximate 60,000 permits given to TNVS in order for them to operate and to accommodate the need for additional public land transport. Ang tanong dito ay bakit kakaunti ang tumatakbong units?” Delgra said.

“The TNCs have to clarify this to us and to the riding public,” he added.

The Board also reminded the ride-hailing firms to strictly follow the approve fare structure guidelines, adding that they are continuously reviewing and monitoring the fare setting computation to determine any violation.

In the fare matrix approved by the LTFRB in August, TNVS companies are allowed to charge a flag down rate of up to P40 for car sedans, up to P50 for premium sport utility vehicles (SUV), and up to P30 for hatchbacks or sub-compact vehicles.

The Board also allowed a P15 additional charge per kilometer for sedans, P18 for SUVs, and P13 for hatchbacks, aside from the P2 charge per minute of travel. It also allowed TNVS firms to double their per kilometer and per minute charge through surge pricing.

The TNCs accredited by the LTFRB are Grab, Hype, Hirna, Owto, MiCab, Go Lag, ePickMeUp, SnappyCab, and Ryd.

Earlier this week, Grab was penalized by the Philippine Competition Commission for allegedly breaching its commitments on pricing and driver cancellation rates.

Lawmakers have also called on the LTFRB to review Grab face matrix amid reports of sudden surge pricing.

LTFRB calls on TNVS online applicants to complete process before Nov. 15

Marje Pelayo   •   November 13, 2019

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:

  1. Only those with complete details and information submitted via on-line registration will be accepted for filing of the application;
  2. The units subject of application must not be more than three (3) years old at the time of filing;
  3. 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;
  4. 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.

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