THE Quezon City Regional Trial Court (QCRTC) has ordered the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to put on hold the implementation of the provincial bus ban, which was set for a second dry-run on August 7.
In the order signed by QCRTC Branch 223 Presiding Judge Caridad Walse-Lutero on Wednesday, it instructed the “instant application for the issuance of the provisional remedy of Writ of Preliminary Injunction” on the LTFRB’s Memorandum Circular 2019-001 and MMDA’s Regulation 19-002.
LTFRB’s MC aims to modify the end point of provincial buses in Metro Manila, prohibits them to traverse or pass the Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA), and to terminate at any Integrated Terminal Exchange.
MMDA’s Regulation “prohibits or revokes the issuance of business permits” of all public utility vehicle terminals and operators along EDSA.
The QCRTC acted on a petition filed by bus operators and transport companies Nagkakaisang Samahan ng Nangangasiwa ng Panlalawigang Bus sa Pilipinas, Inc., Viron Transportation Co. Inc, Antonina Line, Inc., Bataan Transit Co. Inc., Bico Isarog Transport System, Inc., Candon Bus Line, Genesis Transport Service, Inc., Partas Transportation Co. Inc., Victory Liner, Inc., Alps the Bus, Inc., Baliwag Transit, Inc., C. Baragais Liner, First North Luzon Transit, Inc., Luzon CISCO Ransport, Mencorp Transport Systems, Inc., P&O Transport Corp., R. Volante Line, Santrans Corp.