Trucks without franchise will be seized, fined P200,000 starting today – LTFRB
by Kris Bayos
August 16, 2014
August 16, 2014
Starting today, trucks-for-hire sporting green plates will be apprehended aside from paying a steep fine of P200,000 after the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) lifted its “no apprehension policy.”
In a roundtable discussion with Manila Bulletin editors yesterday, LTFRB Chairman Winston Ginez said yesterday was the last day for operators to file their petitions for provisional authority with application for franchise. “This means that starting Saturday, operators of trucks-for-hire sporting green plates that do not have provisional authority will be apprehended and penalized,” he said.
“Under the joint administrative order (JAO) 2014-01 of the LTFRB and the Land Transportation Office (LTO), operators of unregistered or colorum trucks-for-hire will be fined P200,000. The new rate is way steeper than the previous rate of P6,000, which was implemented before the LTO and LTFRB revised the schedule of fines and penalties for traffic and franchise law violations,” Ginez explained.
The JAO took effect last June 19 but the LTFRB issued a “No Apprehension Policy” for trucks-for-hire sporting green plates to give operators 30 days to secure the necessary permits. The move, Ginez stressed, was meant to prevent cargo transportation paralysis that could eventually disrupt the supply chain and affect the country’s economy.
The “No Apprehension Policy” for trucks-for-hire was extended from July 29 to August 29 to further accommodate applicants but the amnesty was cut short when the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) blamed the LTFRB’s move for the worsening traffic congestion in Metro Manila. Applications for provisional authority to operate trucks-for-hire were only entertained until last Friday as part of the arrangement with MMDA.
“Beginning on Monday, operators can still apply for permits but we will not grant provisional authorities anymore. Operators will have to wait until their franchises are issued before they go back to the streets or risk being fined P200,000 for operating colorum trucks,” he pointed out.
Ginez said that applications for provisional authority to operate trucks-for-hire surged from 28,000 units last August 8 to 33,000 Thursday, August 14.
Meanwhile, private truck owners no longer need to secure exemption from the regulation since the LTFRB has decided to recall its earlier policy requiring not-for-hire trucks to apply for an exemption.
“After consultation meeting with the business sector and due to the clamor of businessmen and traders with trucks being utilized exclusively in their business operations, the LTFRB recalls Memorandum Circular 2014-011 which accepts filing of application or petition for exemption in the operation of truck for hire freight services,” the LTFRB’s Memorandum Circular 2014-014 reads.
“Applicants who filed applications or petitions for exemption prior to the issuance of the MC shall be eligible for refund of payment and charges,” the MC dated August 14, 2014 further stated.
To justify their road trips, Ginez suggested that owners mark their trucks with “not-for-hire”, with their trade/business name and bring the vehicle’s official receipt, certificate of registration, as well as delivery or official receipts.