MANILA, Philippines — A group has requested a local court to briefly prevent the implementation of a point-to-factor carrier for UV express devices.
In a petition filed Thursday, the Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Pilipinas Genuine Organization (Stop & Go) coalition asked the Quezon City Regional Trial Court to trouble a temporary restraining order (TRO) against memorandum circular (MC) 2019-0.5.
Under the circular, UV Express units can “most effectively choose up and drop off passengers at their distinctive terminals and are prohibited from selecting up and dropping off passengers everywhere between the two terminals.”.
In its petition, Stop & Go argued that MC 2019-1/2 violates due method, announcing no public session with stakeholders had been conducted previous to the issuance of the circular.
It also argued that the MC is “oppressive and authoritarian” because it abolishes privileges and benefits for commuters and UV Express gadget consumers.
“By the stroke of the respondent’s pen, it despotically abolishes the privileges and advantages MC 2009-019 is giving to commuters and consumers of UV Express Service — that is, the privilege of disembarking on their desired vacation spot within a kilometers radius,” the petition examines.
“The MC 2019-1/2 took away from the UV Express carrier the privilege to provide this particular and awesome service to the public,” it brought.
Stop & Go also argued that the MC 2019-1/2 was primarily based on “conjectures, illicit presumptions, and private biases” of the modern-day management of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
“The rationale for issuing MC No. 2019-1/2 isn’t based on actual and existing conditions. It is without any real research and realistic considerations,” the petition read.
The coalition additionally claimed the LTFRB “grossly unnoticed” the effect of the round on commuters, including the viable extra travel fee and additional travel time.
“In sum, Memorandum Circular No. 2019-1/2 issued by the respondent is damaging, prejudicial, and adverse to the rights of petitioners especially and the general public in widespread. Thus, implementing the stated memorandum circular should be stopped and restricted,” Stop & Go stated. (Editor: Eden Estopace)