Transport groups to push through with planned transport strike on Sept. 30

Robie de Guzman   •   September 27, 2019   •   1247

Demonstrators hold signs protesting against an alleged government plan to phase-out old jeepneys (local minibus) in Caloocan City, north of Manila, Philippines, 16 October 2017. EPA-EFE/ROLEX DELA PENA

MANILA, Philippines – Transport groups on Friday said it will still push through with their planned nationwide transport strike on Monday, Sept. 30 despite an appeal from authorities.

The massive transport strike will be spearheaded by groups Alliance of Concerned Transport Organization (ACTO), Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operators Nationwide (PISTON), Stop and Go Transport Coalition and No to Jeepney phase out coalition.

The move is to express their opposition to the proposed phase out of jeepneys and UV express service vehicles in line with government’s public utility vehicle modernization program.

They will also voice out their disagreement with the alleged plan of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to revoke their franchises and require drivers and operators to get a loan to secure modernized jeepney and UV express units.

The LTFRB on Wednesday urged transport groups to call off their transport holiday, warning that participants may face suspension and revocation of their franchise.

“Ano pang dapat naming ikatakot dun sa pagbabanta nila? Wala. Kaya dito sa darating na Monday, lalo kaming tatapang sa pamamagitan ng pagbabanta nila,” Efren de Luna, ACTO’s national president said.

De Luna, however, clarified they are not against modernizing their utility vehicles but the immediate phaseout of jeepneys and UC express vehicles by 2020.

Jun Magno of Stop and Go Transport Coalition, meanwhile, appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to hear their demands and order for the scrapping of the phase out program.

“Sana po ang ating pangulo ay magintervene ang gusto lang naman po namin ay malinawan niya na ang problema ng ating sektor na mahihirap ay lalong mahihirap,” Magno said.

Transport groups hope to begin their strike on Monday at midnight and will last for the entire day.

They also believe they will be able to paralyze the transportation as nearly 97 percent of their members, which include jeepney and UV express drivers, will participate in the strike.

Transport groups have apologized to the riding public who will be affected by the transport holiday on Monday, saying the move is not meant to burden the public but to express their appeals to authorities. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)

43 illegally operating vehicles, impounded in NCR under anti-colorum drive — LTFRB

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has reported that 43 private vehicles have been impounded during the agency’s anti-colorum drive.

LTFRB Executive Director Joel Bolano on Friday (April 16) reported that as of April 12, 43 units have been impounded for unauthorized operations.

He also reminded the public not to hire services from colorum units especially if the implemented health and safety protocols are not followed.

Huwag pumatol sa mga colorum. Hindi po nasusunod ang ating health protocols. Baka sa kagustuhan po nating makauwi, iyong pasalubong na ating maiwuuwi ay virus. Wala rin po silang insurance na pwedeng sumagot. Ang mga public utility ay mayroon passenger accident insurance. Sana po sundan natin ang mga patakaran pagdating sa public transport (Let us not hire colorum units. They may not be following health protocols. Due to our desire to go home, we might bring home the virus instead. [These colorum] also do not have any insurance. Our public utility has what we call passenger accident insurance. I hope we follow the rules when it comes to public transport),he said.

Meanwhile, the agency admits there is a challenge in monitoring PUVs when it comes to following the 50% limited capacity.

Bolano said they are coordinating with various government agencies to make sure health protocols, as well as limited capacity in public transport, are implemented. AAC

Additional 195 routes for provincial buses to open April 15 — LTFRB

Marje Pelayo   •   April 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines —  The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) announced that 195 routes in different parts of the country are set to open on Thursday (April 15) for the operation of 2,665 provincial public utility buses (PUBs).

This is in compliance with Memorandum Circular No. 2021-023 issued by the LTFRB and to uphold the mandate of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) of providing convenient travel to the riding public.

Such a move is expected to minimize or fully stop the operation of out-of-line or “colorum” vehicles which the DOTr sees as among the main contributors to the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to different parts of the country.

Though the LTFRB announced these new routes, protocols will still depend on the restrictions and requirements imposed by respective local government units (LGUs) particularly the decision to open their borders to public vehicles coming from other LGUs.

To check the additional routes, click this link.

Roadworthy provincial buses may operate if they have a valid personal passenger insurance policy in the new routes.

Vehicles allowed in the new routes are those with a QR code from LTFRB which must be printed and displayed in the bus unit.

QR Codes can be downloaded from the LTFRB’s official website www.ltfrb.gov.ph.

3 vehicles impounded in intensified anti-colorum operations

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Three vehicles were impounded during an anti-colorum operation of the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (IACT) on Thursday (April 8).

Authorities conducted the operation in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan.

The three vehicles impounded were two shuttle vans and one jeepney – all operating illegally for not having special permits.

“The Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT) is enhancing its anti-colorum activities as illegal transport activities pose health hazards and increased virus transmission during community quarantine season,” according to I-ACT.

Last week, an LTFRB-led operation had apprehended colorum vehicles and trucks which were used to transport civilians amid the travel restrictions imposed during the quarantine period.

Seventy-nine passengers of the said apprehended vehicles s were found out to be positive of the COVID-19 virus.

I-ACT said it will increase its road inspections especially its anti-colorum operations as a response to the increasing illegal transport activities in the region. -AAC

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