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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/
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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
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