LTFRB-7 Won’t Arrest Motor Taxis Just As Yet

LTFRB-7 Won’t Arrest Motor Taxis Just As Yet

Spotlight

Transport Coop. Provides More Than 25k Free ‘Green Cards’ For Cashless Transactions

A transport cooperative operating in Las Piñas provides 25,735 passengers with the means to safely board and ride their solar electric jeepneys along the route of Alabang to Zapote.

The Importance Of Deepening Ties And Friendship On Online English Education

51Talk hosts the 2020 Sino-Philippines Educational Exchanges in celebration of the 45th anniversary of the founding of bilateral relations between the Philippines and China.

DBP Backs Public Transport Sector Recovery

DBP is working closely with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in finding financial solutions to aid the country's transportation sector due to the difficulties presented by the pandemic.

Transportation authorities in Region 7 (Central Visayas) will not yet apprehend motor taxis following the decision of the inter-agency Technical Working Group (TWG) to extend the pilot run until March this year.

Eduardo Montealto Jr., regional director of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB-7), said while the pilot run of “two-wheel vehicles” has been extended, his office will also seek for clear-cut directives on the board’s tasks against motor taxis, in case the TWG decides to end the dry-run.

“We will seek for the directives how to monitor motor taxi operations. So far, there is no policy yet as to our clear participation on the pilot run,” Montealto said in a phone interview.

He said the LTFRB emerged as agency of concern after the Supreme Court identified it in a ruling as in charge of enforcement against motorcycles for hire.

The TWG formed by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to monitor the pilot run of motor taxis is also chaired by LTFRB member Antonio Gardiola Jr.

Montealto said registration and regulations covering two-wheel vehicles such as motorcycles are under the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the local government units (LGUs).

“Under Republic Act 4136 which is the Land Transportation and Traffic Code, motor taxis are not yet considered public utility vehicles. But because of the trend now wherein our lawmakers are studying the possibility to allow motorcycles to ferry passengers, that might perhaps change the law by repealing specific provisions about it and amending the existing policy that only four-wheel vehicles are considered common carrier,” he said.

He added that the LTFRB is only allowed to give out franchises to four-wheel vehicles.

In a report on Monday, the TWG reconsidered the plan to terminate the motorcycle taxis’ pilot run, following sentiments raised by senators during a Senate hearing.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade pushed for the setting of rider caps and location guidelines by all players of motor taxis as condition for the extension of the pilot run.

Montealto said he will raise the concern on lack of clear-cut directive for LTFRB regional offices’ participation in the pilot run in a scheduled conference on January 30. (PNA)

Simple Rites Set For 76th Leyte Gulf Landing Anniversary

The Leyte province marks the 76th anniversary of the historic Leyte Gulf Landing with a simple celebration on Tuesday.

PH COVID-19 Recoveries Now 310,303

The Department of Health also logs 2,638 new confirmed cases, bringing the total number of active cases to 42,191 on Monday.

DOE H1 2020 Market Share Data Lands Phoenix In 3rd Spot

Phoenix climbs one notch from its fourth place position in the same period in 2019, dislodging previous third spot holder Chevron Philippines.

“Food By Metro” Goes Live

Yum! Check out your newest go-to resource for everything food on Metro.Style!

PNP: Jan-Sept Crime Rate Down Almost 24%

Recorded crimes in the country in the first nine months of this year dropped by 23.9 percent, the Philippine National Police reported.

UK: COVID-19 Vaccines To Be Available In Early 2021

More than one COVID-19 vaccine are expected to be distributed by 2021.

Bacolod City Assessing Effectivity Of Market Safety Protocols

Bacolod City analyzes the effectivity of the safety protocols in major public markets based on the results of the mandatory surveillance testing for COVID-19 participated in by vendors last weekend.

PAGASA Raises Flood Alert In Eastern Visayas

PAGASA identifies several rivers in six provinces that would likely be affected by the downpour.

Singapore Reports Infection-Free Day

Singapore on Tuesday reports no new local infections of the novel coronavirus for the first time since March.