By Alex San Juan
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) reminds riding public that public utility vehicle drivers are not allowed to charge higher fares until an updated fare guide is issued.
Department of Transportation Undersecretary for Road Transport Secretary Mark De Leon told reporters on Thursday that even if the decision would take effect on Friday, drivers without the new fare matrix cannot charge the newly-approved fare increases.
The LTFRB also advised the public on Thursday that a “no fare guide, no fare increase” rule should be observed by the operators and drivers.
But according to the LTFRB, there are still no jeepney operators that have applied for the fare hike.
While the petition of a commuters group to stop the fare hikes failed after the Board denied their motion for reconsideration, the holidays have delayed its supposed implementation until Monday.
“Office will resume on Monday. It is only by then that the LTFRB can issue the fare matrix. Once it has been issued to the operators, that’s the time when their drivers can charge higher fare,” De Leon said.
Meanwhile, the LTFRB added that operators needed to pay first an application fee for fare hike before they can charge the newly-approved fares as the order for fare increases in PUJs and PUBs are permanent.
For jeepney operators, they should pay P520 per franchise for fare hike fee plus P50 per unit for the fare guide.
If the operator has a franchise covering 10 units, he needs to pay P520 plus P500 (P50 times 10 units), or a total of P1,020 for them to charge higher fare, the source explained.
For buses, as its fare increase is provisional, the operator only needs to pay P50 per unit for the fare guide.
Last month, the Board has approved a P10 minimum fare for PUJs in Metro Manila, and in Regions 3 and 4, and a provisional fare hike of P1 to commuter buses in Metro Manila, and an additional P0.15 per kilometer charge for provincial buses. #