Transport groups seek for Php11 minimum fare on jeepneys

Maris Federez   •   December 27, 2019   •   275

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

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)

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.

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.

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