13-year-old UV Express vehicles need to retire -– LTFRB

January 7, 2013 11:27 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 7 -– The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Monday said they have asked the help of Land Transportation Office (LTO) in apprehending UV Express vehicles which have rendered more than 13 years of public service.

This was confirmed by Gigi Reyes, the officer-in-charge of the Public Information Office (PIO) of LTFRB, when asked what was the latest on the extension given to the UV Express vehicles, commonly known as FX Express.

“We have asked the help of LTO to apprehend driver’s still driving 13-year-old UV Express vehicles. They are no longer authorized to pick up passengers,” Reyes told the Philippine News Agency in an exclusive interview.

Reyes, who had just stepped out from the regular board meeting with high ranking officials of the agency on Monday, said that there is marching order from LTFRB Chairman Jaime Jacob that Memorandum Circular (MC) 017 series of 2012 should be implemented.

She said that MC 017 is just a reiteration of MC 30 issued on July 9, 2012 that “effective January 1, 2013 and beyond, units presented for confirmation or are the subject of extensions should not be older that 13 years old. Otherwise, the same should be dropped and substituted with brand new models prior to confirmation.”

According to Reyes, UV Express vehicles plying more than the years prescribed can be impounded in violation of the LTFRB circular.

The original number of years recommended in the past is only 10 years. After a series of talks with affected drivers and operators, the LTFRB passed a circular for an extension of another three years.

“The implementation is long overdue,” Reyes said, adding they were forced to defer the implementation after the affected drivers/operators pleaded for an extension and even the non-implementation of the circular.

She reminded franchise holders that if their franchises are still unexpired, they can change units not older than the 2010 model which can be considered as brand new.

“They better buy a brand new one to maximize the life of their UV Express and make uninterrupted earnings,” she pointed out.

She said LTO operatives will now be checking on the papers of FX Express units if they are operating within the bounds of law.

She reminded that the more than 13 year-old vehicles cannot secure new registration from the LTO. (PNA)

LAM/SMARTIN/SSC

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