By Joseph Almer Pedrajas
For the third time since July, Navotas Mayor Tobias “Toby” Tiangco has sought help from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to help the city government in its crackdown against public utility jeepneys (PUJs) that are cutting their trips.
In his recently released letter dated August 15, Tiangco expressed hopes that the said agency would “act on” reports about PUJs that are cutting their trips following another complaint that the city government received.
Tiangco said that a student bound to Navotas who was about to ride a jeepney along Recto Avenue “has once again become a victim of a cutting trip violation committed by an errant driver plying Recto-Navotas route…[after the] said driver changed [his] signage to ‘Letre Lang [Letre Only].'”
The ‘Letre Lang’ signage means that the driver could just drive passengers up to Letre in Malabon City, which is still at least three kilometers away from its original destination in Navotas City.
Tiangco added that it was not the first time that they received the same report.
In filing the letter, Tiangco believes that cutting trips are a violation of terms of the LTFRB.
The recent letter, which is addressed to LTFRB chairperson Martin Delgra III, is the third letter that the Navotas chief executive sent to the said agency since last month.
On July 16 and 31, Tiangco had also penned letters about complaints that jeepney drivers plying Monumento-Navotas and Divisoria-Navotas were allegedly cutting their trips on C4 Road and in Agora area, respectively. He said, these incidents mostly happen during rainy days or nighttime.
Of all the letters he already sent, Tiangco told Manila Bulletin that he has not yet received any response from the LTFRB office.
Tiangco said that he looks forward to getting actions from the said agency and seeing LTFRB personnel “to experience for themselves the violations being committed by these drivers.”