LTFRB warns PUJ drivers on new fare rate violation

May 15, 2012 10:35 pm 

MANILA, May 15 — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Tuesday warned drivers of public utility jeepneys (PUJ) against overcharging their passengers after the regulatory agency withdrew the provisional 50-centavo fare hike it granted last March.

LTFRB Chairman Jaime Jacob said PUJ drivers who continue to charge passengers the minimum P8.50 fare may face the consequences of their violating the order reverting the minimum fare to P8.

Under LTFRB regulations, a first-time offender will be meted a fine of P2,000 and 15 days suspension of driver's license.

A fine of P3,000 and 60 days driver's license suspension is imposed on second offense. Third-time offenders will have to shell out a P5,000 fine and their franchise to operate will be cancelled.

Jacob issued the warning after several radio reports claimed that some passenger jeepney drivers continued to charge the old fare despite the LTFRB’s order issued late Monday afternoon.

The drivers claimed they did not receive any official notice from the LTFRB about the lower rate.

However, LTFRB Board member Atty. Manuel Iway said there is no more need for them to issue new fare matrices nor hold public hearings or consultations as one of the conditions that they gave when the provisional fare increase was implemented last March was it would automatically revert to P8 if the prices of diesel fuel go down to P44 per liter.

“A condition in the March 20 resolution stated: ‘In the event of any future decrease in the oil prices to the P45 level in diesel fuel, the board shall recall, alter or modify this order to correspond with the demands of the public. All other regions which have no pending petition for fare increase shall have no fare adjustments. Their existing authorized fare shall remain,” the order stated. (PNA) scs/CLTC

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