No more renewal on taxis franchised in 2001- LTFRB

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014


TAXIS franchised thirteen years ago would no longer be allowed to ply their routes in Cagayan de Oro City beginning this year.

Mandangan Darimbang, director of Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in Northern Mindanao (LTFRB-10), said that the first batches of Toyota Altis taxis would no longer be renewed following the agency’s regulation on limiting the franchise of public utility vehicles (PUVs) since 2007.

Darimbang said the city has around 700 taxi operators with 1,390 taxis servicing the city’s commuters while around 300 new taxis will be expected if the operators decide to substitute their 2001 franchised taxis.

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The LTFRB has discontinued franchising PUVs like taxis, buses and vans since 2007 to control the number of vehicles in the region.

Private vehicle owners don’t have limits on the number of vehicles they can franchise, thus, the agency put the limit to PUVs instead.

“This regulation is also beneficial to the taxi operators and the riding public. The maintenance of cars five years and older is expensive. The operators would be spending more than what they'll be earning. To buy new units to substitute the originally franchised vehicles would be a better option. With new taxis, the commuters will be assured of secured and comfortable services,” Darimbang said.

Several taxi drivers have clamored and alleged that LTFRB has been releasing new franchises, thus the influx of taxis in the city.

But Darimbang said, “There were no more franchises since 2007. All the new taxis are substitution of earlier franchised taxis. In fact, there is a high demand of taxis especially that the airport is now in Laguindingan. It’s not even true that taxi drivers could no longer meet the “boundary” or rental fees because the need for taxis is high. The business is here. It’s normal these drivers would always find excuses whenever they fail to meet their rental fees.”

The LTFRB is also studying on the cases of dilapidated jeepneys servicing thousands of commuters in the city. He said the agency finds it complicated to distinguish jeepneys that are too old considering that some operators would repair the case or the body to make it appear new while the engine remains very old.

"For the buses, the LTFRB didn't renew anymore those that were franchised 15 years ago like the Lucy Liner in Balingoan, Misamis Oriental. Those buses were not safe for the commuters in the province anymore."

With regard to traffic congestion in the city, Darimbang said that it is not the PUVs that create the chaos on the roads, but the large number of private vehicles considering the agency doesn’t have any regulation limiting the franchise of privately-owned ones. (GCA)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on February 27, 2014.

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