- The LTFRB apprehends two drivers who were found to have turned down passengers
- Chairman Ginez said that the drivers received summons and will be scheduled for hearings
- LTFRB officials clarify that while more apprehensions are done during the holiday season, “Oplan Isnabero” remains to be a year-round effort
At least two taxi drivers were apprehended by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in the recent leg of their “Oplan Isnabero” campaign this week.
In an article written by Erika Sauler for Philippine Daily Inquirer on December 23, it was disclosed that LTFRB operatives fielded the taxi bays of several shopping malls in Quezon City, Makati City and Mandaluyong City to check on drivers who will turn down passengers.
According to LTFRB Chairman Winston Ginez, those who were apprehended received Inspection Report Summons.
Ginez also noted that a hearing will be set to discuss the cases of the drivers, whom he chose not to disclose the identities.
In 2014, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has issued Joint Administative Order No. 2014-01 that imposed higher penalties to those who will be found to be violating rules on driver licensing, motor vehicle registration, specifications and load limits, and franchise requirements.
Fines amounting to P5,000, P10,000, and P15,000 will be charged to those who commit first, second, and third offenses, respectively, aside from the possible suspension and/or cancellation of their franchise.
Meanwhile, Arnel del Rio, head of the LTFRB Public Assistance and Complaints Desk, said that while “Oplan Isnabero” is a “year-round effort,” the board has realized that the occurrence of violations become higher during the holiday season.
“Around 70 percent of the complaints we received from 2014 to 2015 are about taxi drivers refusing to convey passengers. The numbers spike especially during the holiday rush,” he said.
Del Rio also added that aside from monitoring drivers who turn down passengers, the LTFRB is also checking on drivers who pre-arrange fares, speak arrogantly, and drive recklessly.