UV Express drivers rue 'no pick-up, no drop-off' policy

Posted at 06/19/14 3:31 PM

MANILA – UV Express drivers are not complaining about the higher fines that a new government order is imposing, but they are against a particular rule which will affect their operations.

UV Express drivers said they are against the ''no pick-up, no drop-off'' policy which prevents them from picking up and dropping off passengers in the middle of their respective routes.

The policy requires drivers to only pick up and drop off passengers at the terminal.

Some UV Express drivers and operators gathered at the corner of Ortigas Avenue and Epifanio delos Santos Avenue to protest the new order by the Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), and Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

The joint administrative order imposes a much higher fine for colorum vehicles: P1 million for buses, P200,000 for trucks, P50,000 for jeepneys, P200,000 for vans, P120,000 for taxis, and P6,000 for tricycles for the first offense.

Violators' colorum vehicles will also be impounded for 3 months and the public utility vehicles shall be blacklisted.

The new order also prescribes higher fines for various traffic violations.

Under the joint administrative order, only agents from the LTO and LTFRB are authorized to enforce the heftier fines.- report from Dexter Ganibe, dzMM