MANILA Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Chairman Jaime Jacob said Friday the phase-out of old Asian utility vehicles or FX units will push through as scheduled next January amid opposition from the transport groups.
Yes, we will push through with that, Jacob said in a text message, referring to the plan of LTFRB not to renew the franchise of the AUV units which have been operating for the last 13 years.
Several transport groups belonging to the UV units operators and drivers protested the LTFRBs phase out plan which, they claimed, would affect over 40,000 UV units.
Last Thursday, the LTFRB issued memorandum circular allowing UV units of not more than three years as substitute for phased out units.
We are also making representations with Land Bank of the Philippines to extend car loans with no down payment to the affective UV operators, Jacob said.
The LTFBR official clarified also that their memorandum circular may be appealed to the Dept. of Transportation and Communication.
The AUVs refer to the FX Tamaraw, Revo, High Lander and Adventure and lately, vans which have been used as alternative mode of transportation since early 2000.
The LTRFB defended the phase-out plan of the old AUVs, saying it would be for the protection of the riding public. (PNA)