MANILA, Philippines – Acting on the proposal of lawmakers, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has suspended the implementation of the point-to-point (P2P) service for UV Express shuttles to the middle of June.
Transportation Assistant Secretary Goddes Libiran said on Saturday, June 1, that the LTFRB made the decision to give way to more consultations with stakeholders.
“Per LTFRB, they will suspend it for two weeks to give way to more thorough stakeholders consultations. LTFRB will release an advisory on this matter asap,” Libiran said in a text reply to Rappler, when asked about the decision.
The LTFRB made the decision on Friday, May 31, after the House committee on Metro Manila development proposed the two-week postponement of the plan to allow more time for consultations with the affected sectors.
Prior to the announcement, the LTFRB had said that it would strictly enforce the P2P service for UV Express units, which can “only pick up and drop off passengers at their designated terminals and are prohibited from picking up and dropping off passengers anywhere in between the two terminals.”
The scheme drew flak from some commuters who called it an “unfair” rule, and from UV Express drivers and operators who complained that there were not enough consultations prior to crafting the new memorandum circular on the policy. – With a report from Rambo Talabong/Rappler.com