The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Tuesday hailed the Court of Appeals’ (CA) decision upholding the board’s phaseout order for 15-year-old public utility vehicles (PUVs).
“We hail the decision of CA to uphold the phaseout order, thereby allowing us to pursue our modernization campaign to provide the public a reliable, safe and convenient transport system,” Winston Ginez, LTFRB chairman, said.
In line with its modernization program, the board has stopped confirming and allowing extension of certificates of public convenience issued to minibuses that are already 15 years old.
In a seven-page CA resolution issued on Monday, the appellate court’s 14th Division said there is no compelling reason for the issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO), much less for a writ of preliminary injunction.
It added that the petitioners failed to show that they would suffer grave and irreparable injury from implementation of the order.
Ginez said the LTFRB continues to pursue its drive to modernize the country’s transportation sector by introducing policies aimed at curtailing the number of old and decrepit public utility vehicles plying national roads.
The board promulgated Resolution 2013-10 on January 11, 2013 for strict observance of the 15-year age limit on public utility minibus, from date of manufacture of the subject vehicle instead of date of initial registration with the Land Transportation Office.
The program is part of the Department of Transportation and Communications’ ‘Modernization of Public Transport Service’” initiative in phasing out, among others, public utility minibuses that are more than 15 years old.
“Since I took the chairmanship of the board two years ago, my marching order was to find ways to modernize our transport system to make it safer for the commuters and at par with our neighboring Asian countries,” Ginez said.
A transport system with modern and roadworthy PUVs plying the national roads prevents pollution and ensures a reliable and safe commute for the riding public, according to him.
As anticipated, a group of mini bus operators opposed the LTFRB’s policy and filed a petition to stop the implementation of an order mandating the phaseout of their units that are more than 15 years old.