Department of Transportation (DOTr) launches the new website of LTFRB

The new website looks cleaner than the old one.

It’s unclear what will happen with the old domain (http://ltfrb.gov.ph/) since DOTr registered and use a new one (http://ltfrb.ph.net/) but I assume that after working out the kinks, DOTr will eventually transfer the new site to the old domain (http://ltfrb.gov.ph/).

Makati City and LTFRB shuts down “Angkas”

Makati City Government and the Land Transportation and Franchising Board (LTFRB) has closed down Angkas, a professional on-demand motorcycle taxi service, because the firm have been operating without a valid Business Permit and its drivers have been involved in a number of traffic accidents.

Here’s official announcement;

Angkas on the other hand released a statement regarding their closure.

It’s always sad to see a company, with potential, shut down because of mis-management.

LTFRB wants taxi fares at par with Uber rates

Kathrina Charmaine Alvarez, reporting for GMA News;

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has “unanimously agreed” to increase taxi fares, making it “at par” with the rates of transport network company Uber, Chairman Martin Delgra III said Wednedsay.

It appears that LTFRB totally miss the point as to why commuters are favoring Uber and TNVS (transport network vehicle services), taxi in Metro Manila obviously lower than the rate of Uber but people still prefer Uber over taxis, heck I prefer Uber over taxis.

It more about the overall service that TNVS provides to its riders, the friendly drivers, convenience in booking and most of all they don’t refuse any commuters/riders.

Chairman Martin Delgra III added, an increase in taxi fares would hopefully solve the problem of “underutilization” of cabs.

Good luck with that!

LTFRB: Don’t pick a fight with errant taxi drivers

Jason Tulio, writing for Top Gear Ph;

The LTFRB chief also cited his own recent experience taking four taxis in Metro Manila. While three of them charged him the right amount, one attempted to overcharge him twice, but relented when Delgra insisted on sticking to the meter. He says that the LTFRB will impose stricter penalties on abusive taxi and PUV drivers, along with other initiatives in place to help solve the problem. Your complaints, Delgra says, aren’t falling on deaf ears.

Just “stricter penalties” and “other initiatives”? No suspension of franchise, no Php 5 million fines even after experiencing the problem personally?

If LTFRB slap a Php 1 million fines to the taxi operator, I bet these kind of behavior from taxi drivers will surely disappear, at least from the time being.

LTFRB do not have any legal basis for those fines against Uber and Grab

Written by Atty. Peter Michael Dizon;

The only legal bases for LTRFB penalties will show you a range between P5,000.00 for the first offense, P10,000.00 for a second offense, and P15,000.00 for a third offense. There are also other penalties in the amounts of P50,000.00, P75,000.00, P100,000.00, and P200,000.00 for various offenses.

The link was originally shared by James Deakin, if you’re following the Uber-LTFRB drama, this is a very good read.

I strongly encourage you to read the article, since it tackles the legal matters of Uber’s suspension and fines.

When the LTFRB Chairman Sees 10 Taxis Turn Down Passengers

Carlo Ople, writing for Unbox Ph;

Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) chair Atty. Martin Delgra III guested on Daniel Razon’s morning show to talk about the on-going Uber-LTFRB drama-rama saga. He was shown a social experiment video where a reporter tried to book a Taxi without having to give additional money on top of the meter fare. All 10 tries were a failure with the cabs either asking for more money or downright refusing the passenger.

His response to the “social experiment”? Chairman Delgra said that passengers should assert their rights. If the drivers refuse, then people should file a complaint at the LTFRB and show up during the hearing so that the drivers can be properly penalized. Suffice to say that’s a lot of inconvenience on the side of the passenger especially since they’re the aggravated party.

So when was the last time LTFRB penalize a taxi operator for Php 5 million?

This is the kind of mindset that makes people think that LTFRB is protecting taxi operators and only after the money of Uber, Grab and other TNVS, which are considered well funded “multi-billlion” companies.

LTFRB suspends Uber Philippines for 1 month

From LTFRB’s FB Page;


From their twitter account;

I agree with James Deakin’s argument that activated does not necessarily mean that all accredited drivers/vehicle are on the road picking up riders. We need to understand that not all Uber driver are full-time drivers, since they have a day job that they need to maintain but that does not mean that they need the extra income.

LTFRB posted the details of the suspension on their facebook page, I’m not sure why.

LTFRB fines Grab, Uber P5M each for permit violations

Rambo Talabong, reporting for Rappler;

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) imposed a fine of P5 million each on Uber and Grab on Tuesday, July 11, for letting some of their drivers operate without permits.

Not a good news for Grab and Uber drivers.

The LTFRB says the ride-hailing companies should have been closed down because of the violations, but the public interest ‘overrides’ this penalty.

How convenient for taxi operators!

Unless taxi change their attitude and stop being selective, Grab and Uber users will just continue to increase. When getting a taxi, I received at least 3 taxi refusal. Their reason(s) too traffic, too far and asking for a bigger flag-down rate.

LTFRB orders Wunder and Angkas to cease operations

LTFRB announced that Wunder and Angkas to stop their operation, since they are considered as Transport Network Company (TNC), similar to Uber and Grab.

Wunder, a car-pooling service from Europe, while Angkas is a professional on-demand motorcycle taxi service.

LTFRB made the announcement on their twitter account.

For Angkas;

For Wunder;

UBE Express

UBE Express is a premium airport bus service is now available for travelers and passengers going to and from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). UBE Express is owned and operated by Airfreight 2100 Inc.

The DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND COMMUNICATION and its attached agency, LAND TRANSPORTATION FRANCHISING and REGULATORY BOARD has initiated the Airport Bus Service project with the goal of augmenting the current public transport services in our three (3) airport terminals in Metro Manila. This is the direct response to the public clamor for more efficient hassle free and commuter-friendly transport services option for those going to and from the three (3) airport terminals specially now with increasing number of passengers being experience every year.

The DOTC through Department Order 2015-011 and LTFRB through Memorandum Circulars 2015-22 and 2015-23 have detailed the terms and conditions for the Airport Bus Service franchise to be awarded through an open public bidding. The bidding invitation was announced through publication last July 2, 2015. The Airport Bus Service provides for among others several provisions that are considered a total paradigm shift from the way public transport is currently being done.

Other links:
https://booking.ubeexpress.com/

LTFRB rejects 15,000 Uber, Grab applications

Rappler.com;

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Thursday, January 5, said it dismissed nearly half of franchise applications – over 15,000 out of some 32,000 – for ride-hailing services Grab and Uber.

The article continued that the reason the applicants were rejected because they have incomplete requirements or they did not appear at hearings. Which is valid!

Uber PH voices dissent on surge cap, urges drivers to petition gov’t

Newsbytes.PH;

Although it has agreed to reduce its surge pricing as requested by the government, ride-sharing app operator Uber Philippines has asked its partner drivers to write the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to make known of their opposition to the price cap.

With the pending approval of HB 4669, I don’t think LTFRB will change their minds on the price cap for transport network service providers (TNS) like Uber and Grab.