MANILA — Beginning next month, the LTFRB will once again accept franchise applications.
This is after the Department of Transportation (DOTr) signed the omnibus franchise guidelines for all the public utility vehicles in the country.
The LTFRB believes that this will resolve the problems on out-of-line vehicles as well as the shortage in public utility vehicles (PUV).
“Given the long standing moratorium possible pa na mas maraming madadagdag na prangkisa rather than mawawala,” LTFRB chairman Atty. Martin Delgra said. (Given the long standing moratorium, it is possible that many franchise routes will be added rather than lessened.)
Public utility jeepney traversing EDSA-North Avenue travel without a franchise. Due to a high demand from passengers, jeepney drivers are forced to traverse EDSA-North Avenue. This problem can be solved once the application for franchise is opened.
The LTFRB will get the list of routes that need public transportation from the local government units.
If approved, LTFRB will give franchise for public utility vehicles in the said routes
“For local routes hihintayin namin yung transport route plan ng mga LGU bago kami magpalabas ng prangkisa yan ang basis ng LTFRB,” Atty. Delgra added. (For local routes, we will wait for the transport route plan of the LGU’s before we issue new franchise. That is the basis of LTFRB.)
For their part, jeepney drivers appeal to LTFRB to conduct a thorough study before declaring additional routes on EDSA.
“Kung sa aking lang hindi pwede ganun, kasi delikadong lugar po ang tinatawag na Edsa para jeep, lalo na malalaking sasakyan ang dumadaan dyan,” Ricky dela Cruz, a jeep driver said. (As for me, that is not acceptable. Because EDSA is dangerous for jeepneys, especially large vehicles traverse EDSA.)
“Pwedeng lagyan yun kaya lang kung madalang ang pasahero wala ring saysay yun,” Steward Rada, a jeepney driver said. (That can be implemented but if there are only a few passengers, that will not be profitable.)
Meanwhile, passengers have varying opinions on the matter.
“Siguro makakatulong rin kasi hindi na tatawid yung tao dito na sasakay,” commuter Ruben Cruz said. (Perhaps that will be helpful so that people need not cross the street. They will just take a ride here.)
“Magsisikip po yung traffic kung maglalagay ka ng jeep dyan di ka rin makakausad di maglakad ka na lang,” commuter Ariel Morales said. (Traffic will get heavier if there will be jeepneys there. Vehicles will not move. You will just walk.)
Transport group Pasang Masda has also appealed to LTFRB.
“Sana po ay inyong piliin ang mga tamang tao na siyang dapat magkaroon ng prangkisa hindi po magkaroon ng palakasan sa inyo. At bigyan po ng tamang kaayusan ang pagbibigay ng rekomendasyon sa Department of Transportation at LTFRB (Be fair in giving out franchises and not based on connections. There should be a proper procedure in giving recommendations to DOTr and LTFRB),” said Obet Martin of Pasang Masda.
The LTFRB assured that they will be very careful in approving new routes so as not to add problems to the current traffic situation especially in Metro Manila. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue