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No go yet for taxis in Zambo City - LTFRB

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The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) yesterday disclosed that the brand new taxis cannot yet operate in Zamboanga City due to lack of franchise.

LTFRB Regional Director Engr. Eduardo Montealto, Jr. said that the taxi cooperative must first comply with the omnibus franchise guidelines before starting their operations.

He added that all taxi units must have dash cameras, radio communications, GPS and meter, and that the operators must get accreditation from the Department of Tourism (DOT).

Since the taxi is a cooperative, they must also have a minimum of at least 15 taxi units, Montealto said.

“Itong pitong unit na binili nila puede naman natin i-pilot, pero wala pang approval kasi ang process niyan marami-rami pa rin. Pag mag petition sila dito, i-endorse namin iyan sa Department of Transportation (DOTr) at LTFRB. Sila ang magbigay ng go signal para mag operate dito dahil wala pa naman taxi sa ating lungsod,” Montealto said.

He assured that if all the requirements are met, each unit will be given a franchise to operate.

The LTFRB chief said he supports the entry of the taxis in the city as these units are far much better than the tricycles.

Montealto said they will have to calibrate the taxi meters to prevent the drivers from cheating their passengers.

Meanwhile, Jerson Monteverde, president of the Asia’s Latin City Taxi Cooperative, said they will launch this coming Sunday the brand new taxis and by Monday, they will give free rides to passengers within the seven-kilometer radius. (Elinor Fernandez)




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