LTFRB won't apprehend trucks-for-hire for now

Posted at 07/29/14 3:27 PM

MANILA - Trucks-for-hire will not be apprehended for another month, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said on Tuesday.

The no apprehension policy for trucks-for-hire, which was first issued on June 28, was supposed to end on July 28.

But the LTFRB said it will be extending the policy for another 30 days to give operators more time to apply for a provisional authority to travel.

The Board said the business sectors and TH freight owners have requested them to extend the policy due to the substantial number of applicants who have yet to complete their application for provisional authority.

"Sa aming pakikipag-ugnayan sa iba't ibang sangay ng ating pamahalaan, representatives of business sectors at TH Freight owners, napag-alaman naming na marami pang mga truck operators ang di pa nakukumpleto ang pag-aapply ng provisional authority kaya kailangan naming pagbigyan ang kanilang kahilingan na i-extend ang pagpapatupad ng 30-day 'No Apprehension Policy,'" LTFRB chairman Winston Ginez.

Ginez noted that a significant number of TH freight owners nationwide might have to stop their operations and thus create tremendous impact on the nation's trade and commerce if an extension is not granted.

The no apprehension policy will take effect until August 29.

Application for trucks-for-hire services with provisional authority shall be accepted by the Board until August 22.

As of July 29, the Board has received 7,371 applications for provisional authority from truck-for-hire operators, consisting of 28,198 units.

The LTFRB, in cooperation with the Confederation of Truckers Association of the Philippines (CTAP), has arranged free pick up of the applications.