741 taxis in Baguio operating sans franchises

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

A BAGUIO City councilor on Tuesday warned the operation of 741 taxi units may be stopped for not having a valid franchise.

Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda said the number is based on a list submitted to the Council seeking legalization of their franchises.

The franchises issued by the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board several years ago have been questioned by authorities due to alleged legal infirmities of their issuance.

These franchises were issued when there was a moratorium of issuance in Baguio City, as there were already enough and valid franchises for taxis.

Lawyer James Valeros, legal counsel of the group, however, said the City Council can enact a law that would validate the issuance in the interest of the increasing number of passengers.

As observed during peak hours, many passengers take long periods to have taxi units to ferry them to their respective destinations.

Tabanda, however, said the City Council in its scheduled June 6 deliberation on the issue would still decide what to do with the requested legalization.

"In that deliberation, the council will invite the LTFRB in order that the council and that office will synchronize the basis in law for their legalization, if any," she said. (Aure Galacgac)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 19, 2011.

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