By Ivy Tejano
DAVAO CITY – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Region 11 warned public utility vehicle (PUV) operators, drivers and conductors against overcharging commuters amid the strict rules on maintaining social distancing in their vehicles.
The agency said those who will be caught overcharging, and not following the health guidelines will have to the face the consequences of their action.
LTFRB-Davao Regional Director Armand B. Dioso issued the statement following some complaints received by his office here that drivers have been overcharging passengers.
He cited as an example a passenger coming from Indangan who said she was charged P50 for a shot trip to the grocery on a motorcycle, when the usual fare was just P25.
The passenger said the driver explained to her that this was because they were only getting few passengers of later.
“Gipangayo-an sab mi P10 sa tricycle na P7 rang pamasahe (The tricycle driver also asked P10 from his passengers instead of P7 fare). Ingon pa nihit daw ila kita tungod sa Covid-19 (According to him, they are having a hard time earning money),” another complainant said.
Dioso said no fare increase has been announced in the region, especially in Davao City, and that he was strongly condemning the overcharging that was being practiced by some unscrupulous PUV drivers.
The LTFRB-Davao urged the public to report those drivers taking advantage of the situation with their office
Dioso said should it be proven, franchise holders will be subject to penalties under Joint Administrative Order 2014-01, with the possibility of cancellation of Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC), among other sanctions, for jeepneys, vans and buses.
As for the tricycles and single motorcycles, they will be reported to the Davao City government and Land Transportation Office (LTO) for proper disposition, Dioso said, reminding all operators, drivers and conductors to do not take advantage of the situation.