Local public transport sector urgently needs help — Feltranz PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 October 2012 14:35

The local Federation of Land Transport Association of Zamboanga City is in dire need of help as local public utility transport operators are experiencing difficult times in serving the city’s riding public.

This was the assessment made by Feltranz President Ed Mingala, during a guest appearance in Cuentas Claras which airs tomorrow.

Mingala said more and more of its members here are being forced out by high costs of fuel, rising prices of spare parts and difficulty is processing their franchise renewal due to new impositions by government agencies.

Mingala who counts on over 15,000 members operating public conveyances here said most of the operators are complaining of new guidelines in the renewal of their franchise licenses such as the mandatory membership into SSS, more stringent requirements from LTFRB among others discouraging operators from processing their papers.

He also admitted, daily income of drivers have gone down significantly due to many commuters turning to other means of transport such as motorcycles which has considerably affected daily take of drivers.

He said FELTRANZ is doing all that it can to help keep members operating here even as he appealed to agencies to ease back a bit on requirements to allow drivers and operators to catch up with costs until such time they can return to normalcy in their daily operations.

He blamed this also to the rise of colorum units operating here as more and more operators are unable to meet the new requirements failing to renew their franchises.

Mingala also said while they receive support from government it appears that there is a need for better representation of the transport sector in decision making.

The long time FELTRANZ President said this is a major concern which prompted him to throw his lot behind the Fuerza Zamboanga group of Cong. Erbie A. Fabian and run for a council seat in next year’s election.

Mingala vowed to pursue the programs in addressing the problems of the public transport group so they may continue serving the city well into the future.

The city riding public deserves better services and it is addressing the needs of the public transport sector first that we may provide the public what it truly deserves, Mingala added.