MANILA, Philippines – Several transport and commuter groups are looking to file a petition before the court that will seek to suspend the new point-to-point policy for UV Express Service units.
The memorandum circular 2019-025 of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) requires UV Express Service vehicles to operate on a terminal-to-terminal basis only.
This means that UV Express drivers will no longer be allowed to pick up and drop off passengers at any place between the designated stops.
The LTFRB initially set its implementation at the start of this month but deferred it to the middle of June to give way to consultations with stakeholders.
The new order has earned oppositions from commuters and transport groups, who continue to argue that it will only bring further inconvenience to the riding public aside from affecting the income of UV Express drivers.
“Imagine, point-to-point tayo na ibaba nila sa Buendia at from Buendia ay babalik sila sa QC Circle, bakit? Hindi sila pwede bumaba sa Philcoa eh,” said Ariel Inton, president of the Lawyers for Commuters Safety and Protection group.
Jun Magno, head of the Stop and Go Transport Coalition, also echoed Inton’s sentiments.
“’Pag ‘yun po ay natuloy, ‘yan po ang UV express ay ito po ay natural death patayan na ang UV Express ‘yan maniwala kayo,” said Magno.
Some commuters also aired their concerns about the additional fare they would have to pay and the travel time they would have to take due to the altered transport service.
Transport groups have renewed their call to the LTFRB to designate loading and unloading zones for UV Express service units.
They have also started a signature campaign against the policy, which they say has garnered 10,000 signatures so far. The groups were aiming to collect at least one million signatures for the campaign.
Aside from filing a petition before the Quezon City Regional Trial Court, the groups also plan to bring their complaint to the next Congress and launch a transport strike against the policy. (with details from Grace Casin)
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