LAWYER Ariel Inton jr., former Board Member of Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) have dared the regulatory board to open “taxicycles” to all qualified companies.
The pronouncement was issued by Inton, the founder of Lawyers for Commuters Safety and Protections (LCSP), in the wake the controversy in the issuance of extension of the pilot project by the LTFRB leadership on Taxicycles.
In an exclusive interview, Inton strongly urged the LTFRB composed of Chairman Martin Delgra III, Engineer Ronaldo Corpus and retired police Gen. Antonio Gardiola to “open” the taxicycles and grant franchises to all compliant companies.
“We in LCSP believe in healthy competition and we believed that with the current situation of the transportation system in the country we really need more alternatives,” Inton said.
“Basta makasunod sa strict requirements ng regulatory board bakit hindi papayagan, kaya nga kami kung talagang badly needed ang taxicycles buksan ang franchise, bakit kamo kasi ang nangyayari na maraming fly-by-night na mga taxicyles,” said Inton.
The inter-agency Technical Working Group (TWG) on motorcycle taxis is considering a six-month extension of the Motorcycle Taxi Pilot Implementation to allow the participation of new players in the study.
The creation of the TWG was initiated by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to gather data to determine the viability of motorcycles as a safe mode of public transportation, which may be useful for consideration in the deliberation of several pending bills in both Houses of Congress.
The TWG is headed by Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Board Member retired P/Maj. Gen. Antonio B. Gardiola Jr., and is composed of members that include representating the DOTr, LTFRB, Land Transportation Office (LTO), and the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (i-ACT).
The pilot implementation will end on 26 December 2019.
Earlier, Inton and his group composed of Atty. Raymond Fortun as lead counsel and Atty. VJ Topacio filed a petition of Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) before the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (QCRTC) to stop immediately the illegal operations of fly-by-night motorcycle taxis.