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Taking Public Transport Via Coastal Road or Cavitex to NCR? Soon, Your Commute Will Start and End at the New Parañaque Terminal

New LTFRB order requires PUVs using the two roads to drop and pick up passengers at the PITx

All kinds of public transportation passing through Coastal Road and Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX) on their way to and from Manila will be required to end and start their trips at the soon-to-open Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITx), the country’s first intermodal transport ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | September 19, 2018 10:00:00
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Will PUVs Soon Be Exempt from Number Coding Scheme in Metro Manila?

DOTr reveals policy shift provided private sector support carpooling and use of public transport

Government authorities in charge of transport and road traffic policies in Metro Manila are now open to the idea of conditionally exempting public utility vehicles (PUVs) from the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA)’s number coding scheme, the Department of Transportation said in ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | September 17, 2018 05:00:00
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LTFRB Lifts Suspension of Grab PH's Php2 per Minute Charge

Regulatory body orders ride-hailing company to unbundle fare components in receipt

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has lifted its suspension of Grab Philippines’ Php2 per minute charge in an order released September 5, according to an official of the regulatory body.The order, which takes effect 15 days after publication in ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | September 05, 2018 05:00:00
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Voices from the Road: TNVS Drivers Weigh Impact of LTFRB Actions on Viability of Ride-Sharing Business

Car owners vow to serve commuters despite earnings drop due to higher fuel prices and adverse regulations

At Php2 per minute, the time component of the fare that users of GrabCar ride-hailing service pay for a trip looks minor. That seems to be the impression when compared to the Php40 base fare that kicks in as soon as you ...

by Roel Landingin and Pauline Macaraeg  | September 05, 2018 03:00:00
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LTFRB Reverses Order Compelling Grab PH to Reimburse Riders for 'Unauthorized' Fare Charge

However, ride-hailing company will still need to pay Php10-million penalty

The Land Transportation and Franchising Board has reversed its July 9 order to MyTaxi.Ph Inc., the company operating Grab Philippines, to reimburse the Php2 per minute it charged to riders for trips made from June 2017 to April 2018 through rebates, giving ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | September 04, 2018 06:00:00
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Indonesia's Go-Jek Seeks Provisional Permit and Forms Firm in PH, Says LTFRB Official

Transport regulator warns the Southeast Asian unicorn could wipe out local ride-hailing companies

Go-Jek, Indonesia’s first unicorn and leading ride-hailing and technology company, is seeking a permit to operate in the Philippines after incorporating a domestic affiliate, according to an official of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).Speaking during a congressional hearing on ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | August 30, 2018 07:00:00
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LTFRB Backtracks on Warning to Go After 'Colorum' Ride-Hailing Cars Starting Sept. 1

Agency says only 782 applications for permits were received since issuing the warning

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has agreed to push back the crackdown on unauthorized or “colorum” transport network vehicle services (TNVS) providers, which was set to begin on September 1.The LTFRB has not announced a new date for the ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | August 30, 2018 06:00:00
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How Soon Will Commuters Feel the Impact of LTFRB's Move to Add 10K Slots to TNVS Supply?

The regulatory body says they can process only a few hundred applications a day

The recent decision of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to open 10,000 new slots in the transport network vehicle service (TNVS) supply base in Metro Manila has been generally welcomed by all industry stakeholders.The move will increase the number ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | August 30, 2018 09:00:00
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As LTFRB Sets Sept. 1 Crackdown Vs 'Colorum' Ride-Sharing Cars, Drivers Raise Concerns

Low proportion of applications point to problems about regulation and attractiveness of TNVS as a business

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has announced it will launch, yet again, a crackdown against so-called “colorum” or unauthorized ride-sharing cars starting September 1, according to news reports. It had previously announced a similar move, set to begin August ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | August 24, 2018 07:00:00
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Manila Taxis May Soon Charge Higher Fares That Match Ride-Hailing Apps' Tariffs. Will Better Service Follow Suit?

LTFRB starts re-calibrating meters of taxis in Metro Manila to reflect fare hikes approved in 2017

After a delay lasting all of seven months, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) finally started re-calibrating meters of taxicabs operating in Metro Manila on July 31 to reflect higher fares approved way back in November 2017.  The process was ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | August 03, 2018 06:00:00
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LTFRB Fines Grab Philippines Php10-M for 'Overcharging' Customers

Company ordered to reimburse riders who paid the Php2 per minute extra charge from June 5, 2017 to April 19, 2018

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) ordered MyTaxi.ph Inc., the company operating Grab in the Philippines, to pay Php10 million in penalties for allegedly overcharging riders, according to a report from Rappler.The order, issued July 10, seeks to penalize Grab ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | July 10, 2018 05:00:00
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PH Taxi-Hailing Startup Helps China’s Huawei Tap New Markets for Tablet PCs

The Chinese giant will develop similar products based on experience customizing the device for Micab

(L-R) Micab Co-founder and CEO Eddie Ybanez, Huawei Tablet & PC Global GTM Director Andy Zhao, Huawei Tablet General Manager Gavin Mingang Yi and Huawei Device Marketing and Service Account Manager Henry Hsiao pose in front of a Micab taxi after announcing ...

by Roel Landingin  | June 20, 2018 09:00:00
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Fail Fast, Learn Fast: How Micab Scaled Up From Cebu Towards Nationwide Expansion

The Cebu-based cab-hailing startup tried several business models to find out what works with the taxi industry

Kenneth Baylosis is the co-founder of Cebu-based taxi-hailing service MicabIf tech startups are supposed to address a pain point for a sizeable part of the population, then it’s somewhat of a mystery why MiCab, the taxi-hailing company, was founded in Cebu City.Geographically, ...

by Jaymes Shrimski  | June 15, 2018 09:00:00
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