Transport group files corruption complaints vs. LTFRB chair Delgra, board members

admin   •   January 6, 2017   •   4218

A transport group has filed a corruption complaint against LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra and the agency’s board members.

A transport group has filed a corruption complaint against LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra and the agency’s board members.

The Alliance of Concerned Transport Organization (ACTO) has filed before the Office of the Ombudsman complaints against Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB ) chairman Martin Delgra and the agency’s board members for allegedly violating the Anti-graft and Corrupt Practices Act, Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards and Administrative Code.

ACTO said the LTFRB has addressed none of the petition they filed.

These include their petition for a fare hike, extension of the validity period of franchises and several others.

It was in May and December of last year when ACTO filed a petition to increase by 50 cents the jeepney fare, but until now, there’s no response from the LTFRB.

“Zero. Dahil ayaw niya makipag-usap dahil naka-concentrate siya sa utos ng pangulo; naka concentrate siya sa pagtuturo ng ibang region na sakop niya na kung sino ang nangogotong. Napabayaan ‘yung serbisyo niya,” said ACTO President Efren de Luna.

(Zero. Because he doesn’t want to talk to us because he’s very concentrated to the order of the president. He’s very concentrated on accusing other regions of extortion, while he was neglecting his job.)

De Luna said the agency’s negligence to respond to their petition for a long time can be considered an act of graft and corruption.

He added that Delgra is too focused on addressing corruption at the expense of his other duties at the agency. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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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