Manila cracks down on overcharging tricycle drivers

Published August 12, 2020, 2:08 PM

by Minka Klaudia Tiangco

A tricycle was impounded by the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau after its driver was caught overcharging a passenger on Monday (August 10).

The Manila Public Information Office (MPIO) said the tricycle driver charged his passenger P50 from Maceda corner Dapitan to a mall on Lacson Street.

Per Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) guidelines, tricycle drivers can only charge P20 for the first kilometer, and an additional P5 for every succeeding half-kilometer. 

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso warned tricycle drivers anew to follow traffic and quarantine guidelines.

He also urged them to be considerate of their passengers who may be struggling with finances amid the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) crisis.

“Lahat po tayo ay nais maghanap-buhay sa gitna ng krisis. Ngunit, alalahanin din po natin ang ating mga kababayan na nahihirapan (All of us want to work in the middle of the crisis. But we must also remember those who are struggling),” he said in a Facebook post on Tuesday. 

“Huwag po tayong maging mapanamantala, gaano man kalaki o kaliit ang halaga (Let us not exploit the situation, no matter how big or small the amount),” he added.

“Magmalasakit po tayo sa isa’t isa at sumunod po tayo sa mga panuntunan para sa ikabubuti ng lahat (Let us be compassionate to one another and follow the issued guidelines for the good of everyone).” 

Domagoso vowed to continue to respond to complaints of the public regarding erring tricycle drivers.

“Tulad po ng ating pangako, magiging maagap po tayo sa pagtugon sa mga natatanggap nating reklamo, lalo na po kung ito’y lumalabag sa ating mga itinakdang alituntunin (Just as we promised, we will be quick to respond to the complaints that we receive, especially if they  violate guidelines),” he said.