Why Makati needs LTFRB permit for free bus service

By Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 04 2014 09:58 PM | Updated as of Apr 05 2014 07:21 AM

MANILA -- The Makati City government is questioning the move of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) requiring it to apply for a permit for its free bus rides.

City officials are asking for a clarification on why they have to fill out a form for a special permit for out-of-line vehicles.

Mayor Jejomar "Junjun" Binay Jr. said they are using government vehicles and not operating a franchise.

He said they are rendering their services for free, and the passengers, including the driver, are covered by GSIS insurance.

He added that such concerns should be coursed through the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), which has jurisdiction over local government units.

Binay clarified that they are willing to comply but with the right basis.

They are planning to send a letter to LTFRB today asking them for clarification and explanation on the matter.

Four coasters and two buses of the Makati City government ferry more or less 500 passengers from the MRT's North Avenue Station to the Philippine Stock Exchange building in Ayala Avenue with no stop-overs since March 27.
This was done to help reduce the number of passengers boarding the MRT following a series of problems with the railway last month.

The LTFRB, for its part, clarified that the application for special permit being asked for the Makati free bus rides is to ensure the safety of the passengers.

Any vehicle transporting the public must apply for the permit so the passengers will be covered by insurance, it said.