Recently, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) clarified that the phasing out of jeepneys which are 15 years old or older is all part of the modernization plan for public utility vehicles. LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra explained that the agency will help the drivers secure loans for their upgraded vehicles and will implement new strategic routes to better serve commuters and lessen traffic.
To show opposition to the planned jeepney phaseout, group of jeepney drivers and operators, led by ‘Piston’ and ‘Stop and Go’ conducted nationwide transport strike today, February 6, in Metro Manila. This was despite the LTFRB’s early warning that under MC 2011-04, a PUV operator that went on strike to protest any government decision faced suspension or revocation of his franchise.
The concerned group said that the draft of the Department of Transportation’s (DoTr) order will deprive many drivers and operators of their livelihood, adding that the said draft was made without consultation.
Jun Magno, president of Stop and Go, said that under the draft plan of the jeepney modernization program, an operator is required to have 7 million to get a franchise and must have 20 units by 2018 and increase the fleet to 40 units in 2019. It is also included there that jeepneys are required to have a GPS and Wi-Fi.
To prevent the DoTr from implementing the department order on February, the group said that it is willing to bring the protest to court.
Is it about time say goodbye to old jeepneys? What do you think fellow Caviteños and Caviteñas?
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