JUNE 12, 2019 — A transport group has petitioned for a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board’s (LTFRB) implementation of a point-to-point system for UV Express units.
The Stop and Go Transport Coalition filed the TRO against Memorandum Circular 2019-025 at the Quezon City Regional Trial Court.
In conjunction with the TRO petition, UV Express drivers and operators may also hold a transport strike.
Jun Magno, Stop and Go’s president, said they asked for a consultation but it was not granted.
“Hinihiling namin ay mabigyan na lang ng specific loading and unloading along the way,” Magno said.
Atty. Ariel Inton, founder of Lawyers for Commuters Safety and Protection, stressed on holding another consultation.
“Palawigin natin itong two weeks kasi isang beses lang ang consultation. Enough na ba ‘yon?” Inton said.
The memo was signed on May 16 and was set to be enforced on the last week of May. LTFRB postponed the enforcement to June 16.
“Kailangan i-suspend indefinitely itong policy. Otherwise, there is no other recourse but to go to court for the sake of the commuting public, operators, and riders,” he said.
Stop and Go is also holding a signature campaign for commuters to counter the LTFRB memo.
Drivers and operators claim they will lose about 70 percent of their takehome income with the LTFRB policy.