Petition for P2 minimum fare increase in jeepneys, submitted to LTFRB

UNTV News   •   September 20, 2017   •   5091

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MANILA, Philippines — Five transport groups joined forces in seeking a P2.00-hike in minimum jeepney fare.

In a petition they filed before the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Pasang Masda, FEJODAP, ACTO, LTOP and ALTODAP argued the amount jeepney drivers earn with the P8-minimum fare is not enough to sustain their daily needs.

“They take home only 50% of their earnings because they lose it to heavy traffic, and it’s also cause by the increase petroleum products, the ‘colorum’ vehicles, and those who extort money from them. These are the expenses the government can’t provide for that’s why we are seeking for a fare increase,” said Acto National President Efren de Luna.

The transport groups believe the commuters will understand their request for a fare hike.

For Angelito Conte the fare increase is reasonable for jeepney drivers like him.

“It’s better to for the fare to increase because as of now the prices of diesel are too high. So our earnings are not the same every day. There are times it’s good, there are times it’s not,” said Conte.

Angelito earns an average of P400 a day.

If the minimum jeepney fare increases by P2, he can take home P500 to P600 daily.

However, some passengers are against it.

“It’s not fair for us because prices of goods are already too high and the fare hike will add to our expenses. It will only be a burden to the commuters,” commuter Linton Valenzuela said.

“A P2.00 increase is too much. . .The increase should not be that high. It should be balanced because not everyone can pay for that high fare,” commuter Leticia Mones said.

The LTFRB sets the hearing on the fare hike petition on the 27th of September.

“The estimated number of PUJ’s nationwide is 200,000. With an average of 16 passengers per unit we are talking about 3.2 million passengers that who will be affected. Therefore the increase has a social impact, therefore the board must thoroughly deliberate the matter,” LTFRB Spokesperson Atty. Aileen Lizada said. – Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue

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.

Modern jeep operators sa NCR, naghahanda na para sa ‘new normal’

Robie de Guzman   •   May 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Naghahanda na ang mga operator ng modern jeepneys para sa muli nilang pagpasada kapag inilipat na sa general community quarantine (GCQ) ang National Capital Region (NCR).

Isa ang modern jeepneys sa mga uri ng pampublikong transportasyon na papayagan nang magbalik-operasyon sa ilalim ng GCQ, batay sa mga inilabas na panuntunan kamakailan ng Department of Transportation (DOTr).

Sa ilalim ng DOTr guidelines para sa public transport sa GCQ areas, papayagan ang muling pagpasada ng public utility vehicles (PUV) pero dapat ay nakasunod ito sa health and safety protocols kagaya ng pagsusuot ng face mask sa mga pasahero, driver at konduktor.

Limitado lang din ang bilang ng mga pasahero na maaaring isakay upang mapanatili ang social distancing. Kailangan ding maglagay ng sistema sa paniningil ng pasahe upang mabawasan ang physical contact.

Ayon kay Jojo Martin, ang national vice president for administration ng transport group na Pasang Masda, bagama’t hindi pa tiyak kung maisasailalim na ang Metro Manila sa GCQ pagkatapos ng May 31 ay inabisuhan na nilang maghanda ang kanilang mga miyembro.

Kabilang sa ginagawa nilang preparasyon ay ang pagmamarka sa mga upuan kung saan lang maaaring pumuwesto ang mga pasahero alinsunod sa social distancing measures.

“Ginawan po namin ng paraan yan na yung loob po ng upuan namin ay nilagyan namin ng yung kung bagay for social distancing. Naglagay po kami ng mga markers diyan which is makikita ng ating pasahero na yung mayrong letter X na nakalagay ay hindi po pwedeng upuan,” ani Martin.

Dahil kailangang may espasyo sa pagitan sa mga pasahero, 11 lang ang maaaring isakay sa 22-seating capacity na modern jeepney.

Nilagyan rin nila ng harang ang paligid ng driver upang nakabukod siya sa mga pasahero, at automated ang gagawin nilang sistema sa paniningil ng pasahe.

Ayon kay Martin, nakipag-ugnayan sila sa isang kumpanya para sa gagamitin nilang automated fare collection system.

Sa nasabing sistema, bibili ng card ang pasahero na gagamitin sa pagbabayad.

“Ang mga pasahero natin, bago sila bumili ng card, all they have to do is to fill out the form. Ilalagay nila ang data nila doon, they present the valid ID, kung saan sila nakatira edad, address or pangalan before bumili sila ng card,” paliwanag ni Martin.

Dagdag pa niya, maaari ding magamit ang sistemang ito sa contact tracing kung kinakailangan sa gitna ng COVID-19 crisis, alinsunod sa kautusan ng Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

“By that data, malalaman natin ang mga passenger na sumasakay sa ating modern jeepney, at malalaman natin sino nakasalamuha nila sa sasakyan,” paliwanag ni Alain-Jeth Castro ng Euodo Tech AFCS provider na kapartner ng Pasang Masda.

Bukod sa modern jeepneys, balak naman ng Pasang Masda na iapela sa DOTr na ikonsiderang payagan na rin ang pamamasada ng mga lumang jeep sa ilalim ng GCQ. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Joan Nano)

LTFRB allows taxi, ride-hailing apps to resume operations under ‘new normal’ rules

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 12, 2020

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will allow taxis and transport network vehicle services (TNVS) to resume their operations on May 16.

On Monday (May 11), LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra said taxis and TNVS should adhere to the “new normal” guidelines in order to be allowed to resume their operations

The guidelines include the implementation of a “no mask, no ride” policy, passengers will only be limited to a maximum of three, and the installation of acetate barriers for taxis and other public transportation.

“The primordial consideration is public health,” he said.

Delgra also said that the agency is encouraging the use of cashless transactions to lessen the risk of passengers and drivers getting infected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

“We are not making it mandatory but we are strongly encouraging the use of electronic payment scheme,” he said.

READ: Expect longer queues at MRT-3 under the new normal

The rail transits in the country already prepared their own protocols under the ‘new normal’ which also includes limiting the number of passengers per train. AAC

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