UV Express operator faces suspension for participating in strike

Posted at 07/25/2014 1:19 PM

MANILA - A UV Express operator is facing franchise suspension or cancellation for participating in a transport strike last month, according to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

In a statement on Friday, the LTFRB said a show cause order has been issued against Leonardo Briones, operator of UV Express with plate number UWM 285.

The Board said Briones violated the terms and condition of his Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC) when he participated in a transport strike in connection with the implementation of the Joint Administrative Order (JAO) 2014-01 last June 18.

It said Briones violated the Memorandum Circular (MC) 2011-004 or the Revised Terms and Conditions of CPC and Providing Penalties for Violations Thereof.

The third paragraph states that: "The PUV operator shall not restore to cessation of service as a sign or demonstration of protest against the government decision or action under pain or suspension or cancellation of the authority to operate granted by the Board. The PUV operator shall not tolerate, allow or authorized personnel to join others committing acts prejudicial to the riding public, including, but not limited to, paralyzing transport services by intimidation, coercion or violence."

"Maliwanag na nakasaad sa terms and conditions ng kanilang mga prangkisa na labag sa batas ang pagsali sa mga protesta or transport strike na makakaapekto sa convenience ng ating mga mananakay," LTFRB chairman Winston Ginez said.

Briones was directed to appear in a hearing on August 6 at 9 a.m. in the Board's office, where he would explain why his CPC should not be suspended or cancelled.

Ginez said the LTFRB will take legal actions against those violating their CPC terms and operators planning to take part in similar transport protests in the future.