Senior citizens, students in Cebu, Central Visayas to pay P6 jeep fare

May 16, 2012 9:45 pm 

CEBU CITY, May 16 — Students and senior citizens in Cebu and Central Visayas will now pay only P6 for a jeepney ride following a fare rollback from P8 to P7.50, less their 20 percent discount as mandated by law, a transport official said.

Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board 7 Director Ahmed Cuizon said the reduction of the minimum jeepney fare of P7.50 for the first five kilometers was “smoothly implemented” in Cebu and the entire region on Tuesday, just as oil companies also rolled back the price of diesel.

Last March 20, LTFRB en banc ordered a temporary increase of the minimum jeepney fare from P7.50 to P8, with the condition to roll it back to P7.50 once diesel prices go down to P45 per liter.

When the LTFRB lifted the temporary increase and denied the fare increase petitions nationwide last Monday, diesel cost P44 per liter in Metro Manila Tuesday.

Diesel was at P42.45 per liter from small fuel players, and P43.69 per liter from multinational oil companies.

Cuizon said he will coordinate with Director Raul Aguilos and Assistant Director Arnel Tancinco of the Land Transportation Office (LTO-7) in continuously monitoring violations against the official jeepney fares, especially on giving discounts to students and senior citizens.

”The official minimum fare for students and senior citizens is only P6”, Cuizon said.

He said he had talked with Benjamin Ryan Yu, the chairman of the Cebu Integrated Transport Service Cooperative, who expressed disappointment over the dismissal of their petition for fare increase.

Cuizon said he told Yu that while the drivers failed to get their demanded fare increase, members of their families and the commuting public benefited from it. (PNA)

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