'Mod­ern jeep­ney' not yet ap­proved

LTFRB-6 slams Unetco, Yel­low­dot trans­port for pre­ma­ture launch

Sun Star Bacolod - - Front Page - BY MERLINDA A. PEDROSA

LAND Trans­porta­tion Fran­chis­ing and Reg­u­la­tory Board (LTFRB)-6 Di­rec­tor Richard Os­mena slammed the United Ne­gros Trans­port Co­op­er­a­tive (Unetco) with its part­ner Yel­low­dot Trans­port Inc. for launch­ing its mod­ern jeep­neys in Ba­colod City with­out com­ply­ing its re­quire­ment from LTFRB.

Os­mena said Unetco with its part­ner Yel­low­dot Trans­port Inc. should con­sol­i­date all their mem­bers

and routes first then they should ap­ply at LTFRB for drop­ping and sub­sti­tu­tion for mod­ern­iza­tion jeep­neys.

“They should drop their old units and will change it to mod­ern jeep­neys. As of now, they have not con­sol­i­dated and ap­plied for drop­ping which means they are not al­lowed yet to use their jeep­neys on the road for lack of doc­u­ments,” he said.

On Fri­day, Unetco with its part­ner Yel­low­dot launched its Euro 4 pub­lic util­ity ve­hi­cles (PUVS) at the Ba­colod Govern­ment Cen­ter in Ba­colod “You are only giv­ing false hope to the peo­ple. You should con­sol­i­date first and ap­ply for drop­ping and sub­sti­tu­tion then, you launch,” Os­mena stressed.

Marcelo Ochia, chair­per­son of Unetco, ear­lier said that there are al­ready 25 units of Euro 4 PUVS ready for op­er­a­tion in Ba­colod City and that about a thou­sand more units are com­ing.

He said they are just wait­ing for the route co­or­di­na­tion and fran­chise from the LTFRB to start op­er­a­tion in six ma­jor routes in Ba­colod City, like Punta Tay­tay, For­tune Towne and Re­gent Pearl.

Os­mena ex­plained that Unetco and its part­ner Yel­low­dot have ex­ist­ing routes, but they have to ap­ply for re-drop­ping.

“They should fol­low the process so they can op­er­ate,” Os­mena said.

He said he al­ready warned the co­op­er­a­tive that since they don’t have proper doc­u­ments, the LTFRB will ap­pre­hend them for op­er­at­ing as col­o­rum.

Os­mena also asked the co­op­er­a­tion of the pub­lic to in­form them if there’s an op­er­a­tion of these mod­ern jeep­neys in Ba­colod.*

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