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LTFRB: No issuance of individual franchise

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The Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) yesterday disclosed that their office will not anymore accept individual franchise for public conveyance.

In a press conference at City Hall, LTFRB regional director  Eng. Eduardo Montealto said that their office will provide franchises to transport groups or cooperatives, but not to individual owners of vehicles.

He said that the taxi cooperative awaiting their franchise from the LTFRB was initially only for 15 units, but has decided to increase the number to 50 units.

He said the modern taxis should be OFG compliant which means that it must have a dash cam, cctv camera, wi-fi and the automatic fare collection system.

Montealto said the drivers should also undergo training to ensure passenger safety. "Kailangan may dress code naman sila at mabango," Montealto said.

Meanwhile, he said, the existing Public Utility Jeepneys (PUJs) have been given three years grace period to convert their engines to Euro 4 compliant as mandated under the transport modernization program of the national government. (Elinor Fernandez)




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