Motorcycle rider runs over LTO enforcer

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 2, 2020   •   354

A motorcycle rider was arrested in San Fernando, Pampanga for running over an Land Transportation Office (LTO) enforcer after trying to escape due to violation.

In a Facebook post, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Assistant Secretary for Communications and Commuter Affairs Goddes Hope Libiran reported that witnesses saw LTO enforcer Cris Canlas and LTO Enforcer Jerome Pamintuan were apprehending motorcycle rider Robert Jocson for not wearing a helmet.

However, instead of stopping, Jocson tried to run over Canlas. Canlas was able to avoid Jocson, who then aimed for Pamintuan.

“Matapos banggain si Pamintuan, tumakas pa umano si Jocson ngunit bumangga naman sa isang truck, na naging dahilan kaya ito ay naabutan at nahuli ng mga pulis, (after aiming for Pamintuan, Jocson tried to escape but he collided into a truck and police officers were able to make an arrest)” according to Libiran’s post.

Based on further investigations, authorities found that Jocson also has an expired motorcycle registration and had no license. He also tried to provide false information regarding his true identity and address.

Jocson is now detained at the San Fernando Police Station while Pamintuan is confined at Mt. Carmel Hospital. Pamintuan sustained knee and head injuries. He is scheduled to undergo an operation on Monday (March 2).—AAC

PH to use cashless payment system in taxis to further curb COVID-19 spread – DOTr

Robie de Guzman   •   May 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Friday said it is working on forging partnerships with various digital payment providers for the implementation of cashless or contactless transactions in taxis and Transport Network Service Vehicles (TNVS) as part of the “new normal” amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

In a statement, the DOTr said it has tapped payment platforms to help equip taxis and TNVS with scan-to-pay systems to limit direct physical contact between drivers and passengers, thus further curbing the spread of COVID-19.

Taxis and Transport Network Companies (TNC) are allowed to operate in areas placed under general community quarantine at reduced capacity and with strict health and safety protocols.

“Cashless and contactless payment scheme will now be part of the ‘new normal’ in the public transportation system,” Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said.

The DOTr said one of the first to tie-up with the government for this purpose is GCash.

Under the partnership, GCash will help enable taxi drivers to accept digital payments through the Scan To Pay app where GCash users only need to scan the unique QR code of the taxi unit they are riding in paying for their metered fares.

GCash is also offering the GCash PowerPay+ solution to taxi operators where they can send out salaries, allowances, and commissions through to their employees, or members nationwide, the DOTr said.

“GCash strongly supports the government’s call for the use of mobile payments to lessen the risk of spreading COVID-19 through surfaces such as paper money,” GCash Head of Payments Jovit Bajar said.

Authorities are also in talks with other payment platforms PayMaya, Squidpay and Beep, among others, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said in the same statement.

“We had consultations with these providers over the weekend. We are encouraging these digital payment providers to partner with taxi operators and TNCs to lessen the chance of COVID-19 spread,” LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra III said.

“On the part of the TNCs such as Hirna, Grab and Owto, they are already accepting cashless transactions,” he added.

LTO offices in GCQ areas to resume operations

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 13, 2020

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has announced that their offices in areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) will resume operations beginning Wednesday (May 13).

Once work operations resumes, the LTO encourages clients to follow health and safety protocols being enforced in its offices.

  • WEARING of face masks is MANDATORY;
  • PHYSICAL and SOCIAL DISTANCING shall be observed at all times; and
  • Transactions of persons below 21 years old, those who are 60 years old and above, pregnant women, shall only be allowed after the lifting of the Community Quarantine.

GCQ areas include: Region II, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Region III, Region IV-A (except Laguna), Region VII (except Cebu City), Region IX, Region XI, and Region XIII. AAC

LTO warns public against online fixers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 8, 2020

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has warned the public against paying online fixers for the application and/or renewal of driver’s licenses.

The LTO has received reports of unscrupulous individuals on social media who are offering to facilitate driver’s licenses application or renewal.

They agency has been conducting investigations to identify the said individuals as well as those who availed their services. The LTO is prepared to file appropriate criminal, civil, and administrative charges against them.

“The LTO strongly cautions our clients and the general public that the said services are not authorized, and patently illegal,” the LTO said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the LTO reiterates they temporarily suspended applications for and/or renewal of driver’s licenses, other permits, and registration of motor vehicles due to the enhanced community quarantine.

All expired license, permits, and registration of motor vehicles will remain valid. AAC

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