Petition for fare reduction filed

November 7, 2012 12:00 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 7 — Three transport groups petitioned the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to reduce the minimum fare.

In a petition filed by Atty. Berteni “Toto” Cataluña Causing for Public Transport Alliance of the Philippines (PTAP), Airmen Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association (AJODA), and Luzviminda National Transport Federation (LUZVIMINDA), it was asked from the LTFRB to reduce the P8.00 minimum jeepney fare to P6.25 and additional P1.00 for every succeeding kilometer.

The groups also told the LTFRB to set the minimum fare of students and senior citizens at P5.00.

But the petition for reduction of fare was founded on the condition that all the colorums and out-of-line vehicles be strictly removed from the roads and that the LTFRB deputize all transport groups to have their respective “Bantay Ruta” to watch out and arrest for outliers that ply their routes.

Atty. Causing demonstrated in the petition that if only the out-of-lines and colorums are taken off the streets, the reduced fare proposed by PTAP, AJODA and Luzviminda is sufficient to sustain the operators and drivers for their needs for their families and to maintain the roadworthiness of their fleets.

Upon the other case, Atty. Causing also demonstrated that even if the fares are increased and the illegal utility vehicles are not removed, the competition remains cutthroat or amounts to killing-each-other competitions.

The petitioning groups blamed the protections given by traffic enforcers in cahoots with several transport groups that are actually syndicates in themselves. (PNA)

FPV/PR/EBP

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