Poe calls on LTFRB to lift deactivation of Hatchback TNVS drivers

Robie de Guzman   •   July 8, 2019   •   1050

Senator Grace Poe (Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Grace Poe on Monday urged the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to consider lifting its ban on transport network vehicle services (TNVS) units that have failed to comply with application requirements.

Poe made the call as ride-hailing app drivers went offline on Monday (July 8) to protest the agency’s ‘inconsistent’ policies and phase out of hatchback cars.

READ: Ride-hailing app drivers go offline Monday against phase out of ‘hatchbacks’

Poe, who chairs the Senate Committee on Public Services, said the LTFRB already promised in its Memorandum Circular 2018-005 in February that it will allow existing hatchbacks to continue operating for three more years to recoup their investment.

“Siguro ay dapat rin nating malaman kung bakit napagdesisyunan ng LTFRB na hindi sundin ang sarili nilang circular,” the senator said in a statement.

(Maybe it’s time we find out why the LTFRB decided not to follow its own circular.)

“Hindi pwedeng paiba-iba ang ipinatutupad na regulasyon. Hindi ito patas sa mga mananakay at sa mga namumuhunan,” she added.

(The regulations should not be inconsistent. This is not fair to the passengers and investors.)

Poe further said that while LTFRB’s mandate to regulate the industry and ensure the safety of the riding public should be respected, calls to make the process easier according to the Ease of Doing Business Act should also be recognized.

“Matagal na nating kinilala ang kakayanan ng industriyang ito na tugunan ang kakulangan ng maayos na transportasyon sa kalakhang Maynila. Bakit natin kailangang pahirapan ang lahat?”

(We have long recognized this industry’s capacity to fill the gap of mass transportation in Metro Manila. Why do we need to make everyone suffer?)

The TNVS community in Metro Manila earlier said the transport holiday on Monday is to protest the difficult policies of the LTFRB in securing provisional authority and certificate of public convenience.

Although the drivers’ move inconvenienced many ride-hailing app users, Poe said the transport holiday is an opportunity for a negotiation between the LTFRB and the TNVS groups.

The agency earlier announced the conduct of a dialogue on Tuesday (July 9) to discuss the groups’ grievances.

“While the parties are on the table, we hope that the LTFRB can consider lifting the deactivation on those who failed to comply with the requirements,” Poe said.

The senator, meanwhile, revealed that bills seeking to put in place a law governing TNVS operations will continue to be discussed in the Senate.

“These include the re-filing of our bill from last Congress which proposes that only Transport Network Companies (such as Grab) will be directly regulated by the LTFRB. TNVS will only be one of several bills in the overarching ‘inclusive transportation’ agenda,” she said.

Poe added that bills seeking for the establishment of alternative modes of transportation will also be pushed in the 18th Congress.

“Other bills which we will file include the establishment of bicycle lanes, elevated walkways, and other alternative modes of transportation,” she said.

Authorities caught motorcycle riders in Cagayan de Oro operating under Angkas

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 7, 2020

Authorities have caught several motorcycle riders operating as taxi service under the ride-hailing app Angkas in Cagayan De Oro City which is outside of the designated Motorcycle Taxi Service Pilot Implementation Study area.

After receiving several complaints, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Region 10 office conducted the operation against several units of Angkas. The motorcycles were immediately impounded.

In a Facebook post of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the riders were “reported to have been violating the terms of the MC Taxi Pilot Study guidelines adopted by the Technical Working Group (TWG).”

“Under current transport laws, Motorcycles are strictly prohibited from being utilized as public transportation. The exception now is the ongoing MC Pilot Study program being implemented by the TWG in Metro Manila and Metro Cebu only,” the post reads

Under the law, riders who are operating colorum motorcycles will be fined P6,000.

The pilot test run is still on-going and is expected to be done by March 23, 2020.

Meanwhile, the Quezon City Regional Trial Court was not in favor with the request of the Lawyers for Commuters Safety to suspend operations of other motorcycle taxis.

Based on the court’s decision, the group presented insufficient evidence for the court to provide a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against other motorcycle taxis for hire.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

Transport groups seek for Php11 minimum fare on jeepneys

Maris Federez   •   December 27, 2019

Commuters try to board a jeepney in Quezon City, Philippines, 30 September 2019. EPA-EFE/ROLEX DELA PENA

MANILA, Philippines — Several transport groups will be filing a petition for a minimum fare of Php11 on public utility jeepneys (PUJ).

Pasang Masda president, Obet Martin, said they will file their fare hike petition to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in January alongside the implementation of the third tranche of the excise tax on petroleum products.

Martin said the Php2 increase on the current minimum fare of Php9 is to help jeepney drivers and operators recover from the additional tax on oil products that will be imposed on them.

“Sa akin ay talagang kontrang kontra ang aking damdamin sa pagtataas subalit wala po akong magagawa sapagka’t ang presyo po ng aming ginagamit na panggatong o itong diesel eh tumaas na naman po,” Martin said.

The price hike on petroleum products will take effect on January 1, 2020, in accordance with Republic Act 10963 or the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law.

The fare increase that the group is seeking will further rise to Php12 in case crude prices also further increase.

Pasang Masda, along with other transport groups, will soon be convening to discuss the petition that they will file in January. — (from the report of Asher Cadapan, Jr.) /mbmf

LTFRB reinforces Oplan Isnabero vs errant cab drivers

Robie de Guzman   •   December 20, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – With the anticipated influx of passengers this holiday season, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will strengthen its “Oplan Isnabero” against errant taxi drivers.

In a statement, the LTFRB said the heightened operations will begin on December 20, Friday and will last until January 3, 2020.

Oplan Isnabero is a nationwide campaign by the LTFRB, in partnership with local malls, against taxi drivers who refuse to convey passengers, do not give change to passengers, do not wear identification card, do not reach out to people with disabilities, pregnant women and senior citizens, do not properly use taxi meters, and do not observe driving safety rules.

The LTFRB first launched the operation in December 2016. It aims to protect passengers from cab drivers who do not comply with the attached rules and requirements of their franchise.

The agency urged the public anew to file a complaint against taxi drivers who violate the said policy.

For queries and concerns, the public may reach the LTFRB through its hotline 1342 or via its official Facebook page and e-mail address. They may also call the DOTr hotline 8790 8300 / 8790 8400.

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