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Stop phaseout of aging vehicles, court asked

By MST News | Jan. 09, 2013 at 12:01am
Ten transport groups have asked the Court of Appeals to mandatory phase out of vehicles, 13-years-old and older, that are operating under the so-called Utility Vehicle Express permits.

In a 20-page petition, the transport groups, led by the Angat Tsuper and the Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator ng Pilipinas-Genuine Organization, said the memorandum circular issued by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board violated their right to speedy disposition of cases.

LTFRB Memorandum Circular No. 2012-0217 and 2012-030 were issued to phase out old UV Express vehicles/units which are 13 years old or more and allowing the substitution of the old vehicles with new vehicles of not more than three years old.

The transport groups complained that the substitution is allowed only to applicants with valid certificates of public convenience, but the LTFRB has failed to act on their pending applications although they have been pending for five years.

“As much as petitioner wanted to comply with the said LTFRB MC 2012-30 it would be very impossible for the petitioners because as much as they wanted to, their Petitions for Certificate of Public Convenience are still pending with the LTFRB and the decision to that effect is yet to be issued despite the lapse of several years,” the groups said in their petition.

According to the petitioners, their equal protection rights has been violated since the jeepney which was also covered by LTFRB has no maximum age requirement as long as it passes the roadworthiness test.

Meanwhile,  Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino clarified that the CA’s recent decision on the unified ticketing system did not stop the MMDA from enforcing a single-ticketing system to go after traffic violators.

Tolentino said the appellate court did not nullify the unified ticketing system and only upheld the legality of the ordinance violation receipts (OVRs) presently being implemented in 17 component localities in the metro.  With Rio N. Araja
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