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/).
Margaret Claire Layug/JST, writing for GMA News;
A taxi driver was caught on camera hitting his passenger after a dispute over the use of the cab’s meter.
Michael Benitez was able to film his attacker with his cellphone right before he hit him in the face, as seen in a “24 Oras” report by Susan Enriquez on Friday.
One more reason why ride-sharing is thriving and fast becoming the preferred mode of transportation for Metro Manila commuters.
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.
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!
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.
Uber will just look at the Php190 million that they paid LTFRB as a advertising cost and just like any Filipino, we always love an underdog story!
The company paid a total of Php 489.244 million including the financial assistance for drivers.
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.
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.
Nadine Freischlad, writing for Tech in Asia;
- Indonesia’s supreme court, the country’s highest judiciary institution, has overthrown key parts of the regulatory framework that affect ride-hailing companies like Uber, Grab, and Go-Jek.
- 18 paragraphs were ruled to be in conflict (PDF link) with existing laws regulating SMEs and the transportation sector and declared ineffective.
LTFRB could learn a thing or two from Indonesia’s experience. There’s a reason why Uber, Grab and other transport network vehicle services (TNVS) are thriving and that’s where LTFRB is failing the commuting public.
You can read the translated version of the original article here.
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.
Joel Ruiz Butuyan, writing for Inquirer.net;
With Grab and Uber, we have private companies that accredit vehicles which follow the responsibilities expected from licensed public transporters, even if most of them don’t have LTFRB franchises.
The LTFRB has become an outright failure in the performance of its government mandate because its licensing scheme amounts to a useless system in protecting the commuting public. Now come two private companies with new systems that have demonstrated rousing success in performing responsibilities which the LTFRB has completely abdicated.
A great read, specially if you are following the Gra, Uber and LTFRB drama.
To summarize, Grab, Uber and other transportation network company (TNC), brought out the shortcomings of both LTFRB and tax operators, which is the lack of infrastructure to moderate/penalize unscrupulous drivers.
We have to remember that Grab, Uber and other transportation network company (TNC) are already self-regulating and penalizes its driver, and reporting a unscrupulous Uber driver, is as easy as sending an email or text message.
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.
Daniel Morial, writing for Yugatech;
The LTFRB warns the public about the upcoming UberMOTO in Cebu and the new UberXL in Manila. The new services from Uber Philippines are not recognized by the regulating agency. UberMOTO is an online booking service for habal-habal while UberXL is a more spacious option of the existing UberX service that seats up to 6 people.
Read more at http://www.yugatech.com/news/ltfrb-labels-ubermoto-and-uberxl-as-colorum/#8kXqQSlPkHSvutqs.99
Here’s LTFRB’s official statement.
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.
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.
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!