MANILA, Philippines - The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) announced various initiatives aimed at streamlining its procedures and improving its services.
"The honeymoon period is now over for me and we are initiating reforms as well introduce new procedures to facilitate processes in line with our drive to enhance our service," LTFRB chairman Atty. Winston Ginez said.
Ginez said the LTFRB is reviewing its procedures as part of its streamlining efforts. It is also standardizing the processes and procedures in the issuance of Preventive Suspension Orders (PSOs) in monitoring the number of violations committed by the operators for purposes of strict imposition of fines and penalties.
"We will continue to impose that fleet-wide suspension for PUV operators involved in accidents resulting in death and physical injuries to ensure only roadworthy PUVs ply on our roads," he said.
The LTFRB is also set to strictly implement the age limit rule for all public utility vehicles.
"We have been instructed by Transportation Secretary Abaya to strictly implement the age limit rule allowing buses only with 15 years to register and permit to run in our roads," Ginez said.
This is part of the LTFRB's efforts to get rid of the colorum PUVs on the roads. DOTC is funding a project on the use of technology-based solutions in apprehending colorum PUVs. LTFRB is also establishing an Inspection and Compliance Unit that will check PUVs to ensure they comply with the rules.
The LTFRB is creating a Task Force to look into various pending cases and resolve them quickly to address the current back log. At present, there are are about 8,500 pending cases.
"We're forming a team of 'young and promising' lawyers to handle and resolve these cases so we can concentrate more on our regulatory functions," he said.
Ginez said programs aimed to modernize the LTFRB will be launched. "We will take advantage of available technology solution by interconnecting LTFRB with Land Transportation Office's (LTO) central and regional offices," he said.
The DOTC is now selecting an IT service provider for the LTO IT infrastructure project, which will link it to the LTFRB system. This will allow the two agencies to share transport information in facilitating application of franchises and other related permits to operate public utility vehicles.