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Lao to cabbies: City hall can’t stop taxi franchising

THE city council’s public utilities passed on to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) a petition by organized taxi owners and drivers for the government to order a moratorium on the issuances of taxi franchises in the city.

Councilor Teodulfo Lao Jr., the committee’s chairman, said the demand of the Metro Cagayan de Oro Taxi Federation is something neither the committee nor the local government can act on.

Lao endorsed the federation’s position, brought to the committee’s attention by its chairman Allan Gamba, to the LTFRB.

Lao told representatives of the group that his committee and local officials have no power to issue or stop the grant of taxi franchises.

Aside from the franchises, the group also complained about the operation of “colorum” or taxis without franchises in the city.

While he understood the federation’s position that additional taxis mean lesser incomes for the present taxi owners and drivers, Lao said the local government has no right to stop whoever wants to engage in the taxi business. (cli)

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