Drivers-only car ban in EDSA may lead to ‘colorum’ carpools – LTFRB

Rambo Talabong
LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada says drivers who accept payment from passengers in a 'carpool' should get a franchise

'OPEN' TO CARPOOL SCHEMES. LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada says they need to meet with the MMDA to discuss its proposed carpooling scheme. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

MANILA, Philppines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has flagged the proposed ban on drivers-only cars along EDSA, saying this could lead to “colorum” carpools.

LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada made the statement in response to the proposal of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to encourage carpools by allowing only drivers with at least one passenger on EDSA.

Speaking to reporters, Lizada  reminded the public that once drivers accept payment from passengers, the former would need to get a franchise.

She added that the MMDA also needs to consider the responsibility of drivers in case there’s an accident.

“The intention may be good, we see it, but there are other legal factors like kung may maaksidente, sino man ang (if there’s an accident, who is) [responsible], because under the law it has to be the owner of the car,” Lizada said.

The LTFRB official said that even with the concerns, they are open to new schemes in carpooling. Lizada said the LTFRB would have to meet with the MMDA to thresh out the plan.

“We have to sit down with them. I’m sure they have legal minds with them. Kailangan din malaman ng owners ang responsibility when they do carpooling (Owners also need to know their responsibility when they do carpooling),” Lizada said. –

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.