DoTr urged: Consider ownership transfer

While the “No Contact Apprehension Policy” (NCAP) is effectively being implemented, the Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (FEJODAP) is urging the Department of Transportation (DoTr) is urged to consider the reopening of the transfer of ownership of public utility vehicles to the new operators.

The jeepney operators’ group also appealed to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to let the new owners or operators accountable for any traffic violations amid the pursuit of NCAP in several cities in National Capital Region (NCR).

“It’s still fine because it disciplines our drivers,” FEJODAP president Ricardo “Boy” Rebaño said in a radio interview.

However, he added that the government should study the transfer of vehicle ownerships so that the previous operators won’t be bothered anymore.

“What’s even more painful is that we don’t have transfer of ownership. Those being penalized are those former owners who have no responsibility at all,” Rebaño said, adding that new operators must be liable should there are violations committed.

The implementation of the NCAP targets to prevent motorists from committing traffic violations with the use of CCTV, digital cameras and other similar gadgets or technology — capturing videos and images to apprehend vehicles going against the traffic laws, rules and regulations.

Four local government units in NCR including Manila City, Quezon City, Parañaque City and Valenzuela City are currently enforcing a no-contact apprehension policy.

If an offense is committed, a notice of violation will be sent to the address of the registered owners/operators appearing in the LTO database.

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