The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) has begun implementing a 30-day “no apprehension policy” on all trucks-for-hire to allow operators to apply for franchises and provisional permits.
The moratorium is effective from June 28 to July 28.
“We want to address the concerns of truck operators on the possible delays of delivery of goods that could also potentially affect the prevailing prices of goods and commodities,” LTFRB chairman Winston Ginez said.
Under the cited policy, LTFRB and LTO enforcers will not apprehend trucks-for-hire catering to the Port of Manila and bearing the authorized Philippine Port Authority stickers for one month.
Within the moratorium period, truck operators are enjoined to apply for their franchise and provisional authority to legally operate and ply roads leading to the port.
The implementation of the LTFRB-LTO-Department of Transportation and Communications Joint Administrative Order 2014-01 earlier this month prevented trucks-for-hire with green plates from plying national roads for fear of being caught and fined for failure to present permits.
Ginez, however, stressed, “Hindi po namin nais na pigilang pumasada ang mga truck operators upang makapag-deliver sila ng mga consumer goods subali’t kailangan pong may valid silang permiso [We do not want to prevent truck operators from using the roads to deliver consumer goods, but they need to have valid permits],” Ginez stressed.
“Ang layunin lamang namin ay magkaron ng kaayusan sa ating mga lansangan at suportahan ang land transportation modernization campaign ng ating pamahalaan [Our only objective is to have order on our roads and support the land transportation modernization campaign of our government],” Ginez said.