Transport groups to hold protest caravan on Thursday

By Jeff Canoy, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 17 2014 03:15 PM | Updated as of Jun 18 2014 03:17 AM

MANILA - Transport groups have come together to protest the Joint Administrative Order by the transportation department and its attached agencies.

On Thursday, the Department of Transportation and Communicatons (DOTC), Land Transportation Office (LTO), and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will implement the order that introduces heftier fines for franchise violations, among other provisions.

Transport groups Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (PISTON), Alliance of Concerned Transport Organizations (ACTO), and Stop and Go Coalition are planning to hold a protest caravan on Thursday.

They will stage their protest as they move from the Quezon Memorial Circle en route to the LTO, LTFRB and DOTC.

According to some groups, some of their members are voluntarily not plying their respective routes on Thursday because of fear of getting caught by enforcers through different violations such as broken tail lights, pick and drop zones, among others.

According to Stop and Go Coalition's June Magno, the operators have asked the drivers to continue their respective routes on Thursday, but the drivers told them that they would rather stay home. Some are even joining the protest caravan, Magno said.

The groups are also protesting the increase in penalties, with one asking the DOTC why some of the penalties cost more than a brand new car.

ACTO's Efren de Luna, meanwhile, said the administrative order should not be implemented due to lack of consultation by the agency with the transport sector.