LTFRB won't apprehend trucks-for-hire for 30 days

By Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 27 2014 11:20 PM | Updated as of Jun 28 2014 07:20 AM

MANILA - No "trucks-for-hire" will be apprehended for one month starting on Saturday, according to Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chairman Winston Ginez.

Ginez said this was approved by an interagency committtee composed of the LTFRB, Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), Bureau of Customs (BOC), Department of Finance (DOF), and port

He said they will allow trucks-for-hire to operate even if they have pending franchise applications.

This is mainly to decongest the Manila ports and transport goods faster to their respective destinations, he said.

The non-apprehension policy will take effect starting June 28 until July 28.

Ginez, however, clarified that truck owners must still apply for a provisional authority to travel.

Forms can be downloaded from the LTRFB's website for easy access.

Upon completion, truck owners may call the LTFRB hotline: 4592129. The agency will then pick up the application forms together with the corresponding fees. It will also deliver the approved application forms back to the truck owners.

According to the LTFRB, it is expecting around 10,000 trucks nationwide to avail of this moratorium.

Just on Thursday, Ginez said 10,953 units have already been given the provisional authority to travel.