Bus firm in mishap suspended for 30 days
LTFRB SUSPENDS 3 BUS FIRMS
LTFRB CANCELS DON MARIANO BUS FRANCHISE
Government agencies such as the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board and the Department of Labor and Employment will lead efforts to ensure the safety of the riding public, especially in the wake of Monday's deadly bus accident at the Skyway.
Presidential Communications Operations Office head Herminio Coloma Jr. said Tuesday the Aquino administration will prevent irresponsible operators and reckless drivers from getting government permission to operate unsafe vehicles.
"The Aquino administration has always prioritized the safety of the riding public. The objective is to prevent irresponsible operators and reckless drivers from obtaining government permission to operate unsafe vehicles that place the lives of the riding public at risk," Coloma said at a media briefing.
He said the LTFRB already suspended for 30 days the entire 78-unit fleet of Don Mariano Transport Corp., whose bus was involved in Monday's accident that killed at least 18 people.
Also, Coloma said the DOLE will closely monitor the compliance by bus operators of occupational health and safety standards.
The DOLE had also imposed a two-tier wage system where bus drivers and conductors are entitled to a minimum wage and a performance-based pay.
Coloma noted the DOLE's department order compels bus operators to secure a Labor Standards and Compliance Certificate as a requirement for renewing their franchises.
Meanwhile, Coloma said the government will observe the principles of enforcement, engineering and education in preventing a repeat of the bus tragedy.
He said enforcement involves making sure people follow speed limits in thoroughfares, while engineering involves the safe design and safety features of roads, including closed-circuit television cameras.
Education aims to heighten public awareness on the need for road safety, he added. PND (jl)
LTFRB launches stricter 'Oplan Isnabero' campaign
Manila, Philippines – Commuters will now be saved the hassle of appearing in court to pursue complaints against erring public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers and operators with the operation of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board’s (LTFRB) new 24/7 hotline.
LTFRB Chairman Winston Ginez said the transcript of the complainant’s call will serve as the basis for the agency to issue a show cause order to the concerned PUV driver and operator.
“We will not require the presence of the complainant anymore. We will just provide the excerpt of the call and the details of the complaint to the other party while giving them the opportunity to respond,” he told reporters during yesterday’s launching of the 459-2129 hotline.
The new commuter hotline is manned by call center agents employed by the Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP), which said it is offering the service at no cost to LTFRB.
Ginez said callers have the option whether or not to appear in court to personally pursue their complaints, adding that the agency promise to resolve the cases not more than a month from the date of the call. The respondent-operators have at least 10 to 15 days to respond to the show cause order.
“The success of the project does not depend on the receiving the calls alone but acting on the complaints and how soon the caller sees closure on his concern,” he added.
The official admitted that the LTFRB is currently loaded with backlogs on cases to resolve but he said the agency “will hire personnel if the need arises” due to the expected surge of complaints.
Source : http://www.mb.com.ph/247-ltfrb-hotline-launched/
LTFRB TO ISSUE MORE PUBLIC TRANSPORT FRANCHISES IN CENTRAL VISAYAS
PUVs Warned against Fare-gouging
LTFRB EASES RORO BUS RULES FOR VISAYAS ROUTES
Manila, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has allowed provincial roll-on roll off (RORO) buses to serve commuters in calamity-stricken areas in the Visayas who would like to travel outside of their provinces to seek respite from the devastation brought by Super Typhoon Yolanda.
LTFRB Chairman Winston Ginez said the agency will issue special permits to RORO buses with routes coming from Metro Manila to areas in the Visayas and Mindanao regions to ferry distressed residents who would like to immediately leave their areas to join their relatives in other parts of the country.
Ginez said the RORO buses would also be able to serve Metro Manila residents who would like to travel to their hometowns to personally check on their relatives. The lack of communication and electricity in the Visayas has made it difficult for Filipinos to check on the status of their loved ones in the provinces.
“Nais po naming bigyan ng paraan upang makapunta sa mga nasalantang lugar ang mga mamamayan po nating nandito sa kamaynilaan at malaman ang kalagayan ng kanilang mga kamag-anakan na sinalanta ng bagyong Yolanda,” Ginez said.
The issuance of special RORO bus permits stemmed from the instruction of Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya to LTFRB to help residents of affected areas, particularly in Leyte, Samar, Cebu and Davao, leave ‘ground zero’ until situation returns to normal condition.
Ginez said that with the issuance of the special RORO permits, additional public utility bus units will be deployed in the affected areas once the roads become passable to vehicles.
“Eto po ang panahon para tayo’y magtulungan at bigyan ng daan ang ating mga kababayang nasalanta na makasama ang kanilang mga kamag-anakan sa ibang lugar kaya naman po magdadagdag ang LTFRB sa direktiba ng DOTC ng mga pambublikong sasakyan patungo at pabalik sa mga apektadong lugar,” Ginez added.
Ginez said that public land transportation in the Visayas has been affected because public utility vehicle operators are victims of the calamity as well. As of press time, the LTFRB Central Office is yet to establish communication with their regional offices and check on the status of public transportation there.
He added that the LTFRB will not sanction PUV operators who could not provide public transportation services, considering that that “everyone is a victim including the operators.”
Source : http://www.mb.com.ph/ltfrb-eases-roro-bus-rules-for-visayas-routes/
LTFRB suspends bus firm operations after fatal accident in Batangas
MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is suspending the operations of the entire fleet of the Alps The Bus Inc. as it investigates a deadly accident in Batangas two weeks ago.
In a statement, LTFRB said the suspension covered the company’s 50 buses.
The accident, LTFRB said, happened around 5:30 a.m. on Oct. 14, 2013, when an Alps The Bus unit with plate number TYZ-664, plying the Roxas City to Cubao route, collided with a motorcycle along the Maharlika Highway in the vicinity of San Rafael, Sto Tomas, Batangas.
The motorcycle rider died on the spot and several passengers of the bus were injured.
“As part of the Department of Transportation and Communications’ (DOTC) aim of providing the public with safe transport mode, we will not allow buses with questionable road worthiness to ply our streets, hence we are issuing a suspension order to prevent all buses of Alps The Bus Inc. from operating along our national highways,” LTFRB chair Winston Ginez said.
Under the LTFRB’s regulatory powers, the board ordered the suspension of all units of Alps The Bus Inc. for not more than 30 days, effective upon the surrender of the plates of all the units within five days from the service of the suspension order, the LTFRB said.
The bus operator has been ordered to bring all its 50 buses to the Motor Vehicle Inspection Service for inspection and determination of their road worthiness before they are again allowed to operate.
The drivers of the units would likewise undergo Road Safety Seminar conducted by the board or authorized training centers, LTFRB added.
Source : http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/513575/ltfrb-suspends-bus-firm-operations-after-fatal-accident-in-batangas
DOTC ALLOCATES P50M FOR ANTI-COLORUM CAMPAIGN
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has allocated close to P50 million as it goes ‘high-tech’ in its anti-colorum campaign against public utility vehicles, particularly buses plying major routes in the metropolis.
In a request for expression of interest, DOTC is inviting interested parties to join the bidding for the technology-based bus information system and anti-colorum enforcement sensor network project.
The agency is spending P48.5 million to award a consulting contract services for the project. The budget would be sourced from the General Appropriations Act for calendar year 2013.
The winner would conduct system design, software development, and system integration for the technology-based bus information system and anti-colorum enforcement sensor network project.
The bidding is limited to companies that are at least 60 percent owned by Filipinos.
DOTC said the agency’s Bids and Awards Committee would adopt the non-discretionary ‘pass-fail’ criteria and the bids would be evaluated using the quality-cost based evaluation or selection procedure.
The BAC would come up with a short list of five prospective bidders based on their applicable experience with a weight of 50 percent, qualification of personnel with 30 percent, and capacity based on current workload with 20 percent.
Interested bidders have until Oct. 29 to submit their eligibility documents.
As early as May, the DOTC and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) announced plans to resort to modern technology to solve wide-ranging issues caused by the illegal operations of buses and other public utility vehicles.
Source : http://www.philstar.com/business/2013/10/21/1247502/dotc-allocates-p50m-anti-colorum-campaign
SUPERLINE BUS, SUSPENDIDO SA QUEZON TRAGEDY
Ngayong araw ay papatawan ng suspensyon ang operasyon ng Superline bus ng Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) kaugnay sa madugong vehicular accident na ikinamatay ng 20-katao sa Atimonan Quezon, kamakalawa.
Ayon kay LTFRB chairman Atty. Winston Ginez, awtomatikong suspendido ang operasyon ng mga pampasaherong bus na nasasangkot sa aksidente alinsunod sa alituntunin ng kanilang ahensiya.
Hinihintay na lamang umano ng LTFRB ang ulat mula sa Atimonan, Quezon Police upang pormal na maisilbi ang 30-day preventive suspension order sa may-ari ng kumpanya ng naturang bus ngayong araw.
Habang nanatili namang nakakulong ang driver ng Superline bus na si Albert Nava sa Atimonan municipal jail at nahaharap sa patung-patong na kaso.
Matatandaang ala-1:30 ng madaling-araw noong Sabado nang suyurin ang Superline bus sa isang kalye na pa-zigzag sa Maharlika highway, Barangay Sta. Catalina ang pito pang sasakyan na nagresulta ng pagkamatay ng 20 na katao ang pagkasugat ng 54 pang pasahero.
Dahil sa malakas na pagkakabangga ay nagkalat sa lansangan ang mga gamit at bangkay ng mga pasahero.
Source : http://www.abante.com.ph/issue/oct2113/luzon02.htm#.UoOcgeKG6uJ
SPECIAL SPRAY sa TAXI, TUTULDUKAN ng LTFRB
Iimbestigahan ng Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) ang umano’y modus operandi ng mga taxi driver na nagbubuga umano ng kakaibang usok sa kanilang mga babaeng pasahero na nakakaramdam ng pagka-antok at pagkahilo matapos malanghap ito at kapag nawalan na umano ng malay ang kanilang pasahero ay saka nila ito pagnanakawan.
Ayon kay LTFRB chairman Winston Ginez, ang kanilang hakbang ay bunsod na rin ng sunud-sunod na reklamo na kanilang natatanggap mula sa mga pasahero ng taxi na karamihan ay mga kababaihan hinggil sa pambibiktima ng mga abusadong taxi driver.
Istilo umano ng mga tiwaling taxi driver na kapag mayroong sumakay na pasahero ay ginagamitan umano nila ng “special spray” na lalabas sa kanilang mga car air-conditioner habang kunwaring magtatakip naman ng tuwalya sa ilong ang driver upang hindi siya makalanghap ng naturang usok o ibababa nila ang salamin ng kanilang bintana.
Kapag nakita na umano ng taxi driver na nahilo na ang kanyang mga pasahero ay saka niya ito pagnanakawan.
Ayon kay Ginez, bineripika na nila sa Land Transportation Office (LTO) ang plate number (UVW-243) at ipinatawag na nila ang operator ng isa sa mga taxi na may pangalang “Dad’z” na inireklamo ng isang babaeng pasahero sa bahagi ng Tomas Morato, Quezon City noong nakaraang Linggo.
Nakaamoy umano ng mabangong usok ang biktima subalit bago pa umano ito tuluyang mahilo ay nakababa na ito sa naturang taxi na minamaneho umano ng lalaking nasa 50-anyos ang edad at payat ang pangangatawan.
“So far, we have verified the taxi units’ plate numbers. They were all registered in our databases. Right now, we’ve already summoned and sent show cause orders to the involved taxi operators and drivers,” ayon pa kay Ginez.
Sakali umanong mapatunayan nila sa kanilang isasagawang imbestigasyon na sangkot sa iligal na gawain ang naturang taxi ay kakanselahin nila ang prangkisa ng naturang taxi.
Hinikayat din ni Ginez ang publiko at ang iba pang mga biktima ng naturang modus operandi na makipagtulungan sa kanilang ahensya upang masugpo ang naturang iligal na gawain.
Source : http://www.abante.com.ph/issue/oct2413/news08.htm#.UoOXVOKG6uI
The Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board ("LTFRB") will accredit insurance providers for its Passenger Personal Accident Insurance Program ("PP AlP") for a period of Two (2) Years commencing from November 18, 2013 up to November 17,2015.
A complete set of Invitation to Participate and Instruction to Participants may be downloaded from the website of LTFRB (www.ltfrb.gov.ph) provided that Proponents shall pay the non-refundable fee in the amount of Phpl00,000.00 not later than the submission of their Accreditation Documents.The LTFRB will hold a Pre-Accreditation Conference on October 18,2013 at 9:00 in the morning at the LTFRB Conference Room, 3rd Floor, LTFRB Central Office Building, East Avenue, Quezon City, which shall be open to all interested parties.Accreditation Documents must be submitted and delivered to the Office of the Executive Director, 2nd Floor, LTFRB Central Office Building, East Avenue, Quezon City on or before November 4, 2013 at 10:00 in the morning. All Accreditation Documents must be accompanied by an Accreditation Security in the amount of Five Million Pesos(php5,000,OOO.00) in the acceptable form as stated in the Instruction to Participants.Opening of Accreditation Documents shall be on November 4, 2013, at 10:05 a.m. at the LTFRB Conference Room, 3rd Floor, LTFRB Central Office Building, East Avenue,Quezon City. Accreditation Documents will be opened in the presence of the proponents' duly authorized representatives who choose to attend. Representative/s without written authorization letter shall not be allowed to participate in the opening.The LTFRB reserves the right to accept or reject any or all Accreditation Documents or to annul the accreditation process at any time prior to accreditation award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected proponent/soRead More
LIFTING OF RESTRICTIONS ON OLD BUSES REJECTED
LTFRB reimposes age limit for school bus services
LTFRB-2 receive anti-red tape seal of excellence
"OPLAN SAMSON" IKINASA NG LTFRB
Colorum Shuttles harder to catch, says LTFRB
Processing franchise applications at the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will be drastically shortened starting next year after amendments were made to the Citizen’s Charter.
Public utility vehicle (PUV) operators can expect resolution on their applications within 45 days upon completion of documentary requirements. This was after the LTFRB resolved to implement shorter processing time for both franchise-related applications, either those that necessitate hearing or not.
“Normally, it takes years for applications to be resolved. But with the amendment in the Citizen’s Charter, the longest time for processing will be 45 days, assuming the operators have completed their requirements,” LTFRB Board Member Engr. Ronaldo Corpuz said.
LTFRB officials nationwide met in Cebu City for a conference where amendments to the latest Citizen Charter were made. Corpuz said the shorter processing time is one of the most significant amendments in the revised Charter.
“But the amendments will take effect by next year,” Corpuz clarified, adding that LTFRB still needs time to finalize the revised Citizen’s Charter before implementing the amendments.
The official warned operators that applications with incomplete documentary requirements will be dismissed outright
“We dismiss it right away because we don’t have the luxury of time to wait for completion of their requirements. Besides, that’s the most ideal thing to do because operators will only have to file a manifestation after complying with the requirements to revive their dismissed applications,” Corpuz said.
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will strip the advertisements off of public utility vehicles, citing the prohibition on wrap-around ads for PUVs.
The start of the crackdown on wrap-around advertisements will start this week, according to the LTFRB.
LTFRB chairman Winston Ginez called it “Oplan Hubaran” and cited Memorandum Circular 2013-005 issued by the board last month. The new circular took effect on Sept. 15.
This replaced a circular issued in 2007 lifting the moratorium on the installation of transit ads, and its amendments issued in 2009 clearly provided guidelines and standard requirements for the installation of transit advertisements.
“We want to remind the operators that PUVs are given franchises to convey passengers and not to be used as advertising billboards,” Ginez said in a statement.
The LTFRB is collaborating with the Land Transportation Office and other traffic law enforcers in conducting “Oplan Hubaran” at key locations in the metropolis.
Ginez said the new circular strictly requires operators to limit ads on their vehicles to where they will not either constitute a traffic hazard or compromise the safety, comfort and convenience of passengers and the public.
According to Ginez, the advertisements are being used to conceal busted vehicle parts. He said the ads must not also cover the trade name, license plate number and body number of the vehicle, or make it difficult for the riding public to identify the PUB.
For public utility jeepneys, ads will be limited only on its toppers while taxis are allowed to install the ads on toppers and the upper portion of the back windshield with specific measurements.
Similar to applying for franchises or permits, PUV operators must formally file for the installation of transit ads before they can install them. They must also submit a copy of the advertising contract between the operator and the advertiser, as well as the advertising agency.
First time offenders will be fined P10,000 while those who violate the circular for the second time will be penalized P20,000. Those who violate the wrap-around ad prohibition will have their permits revoked.
LTFRB suspending Ceres buses today
OPERATION NETS ILLEGAL VEHICLES