Some PUVs cannot implement fare hike – transport groups

Some PUVs cannot implement fare hike - transport groups

MANILA, Philippines- Some public utility vehicles (PUVs) will not be able to charge an additional P1-2 fare imposed by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) this Monday, according to transport leaders this Sunday.

Many still do not receive the fare matrix that the LTFRB requires PUVs to put inside their vehicle in order to charge additional fares, according to Lando Marquez, president of the Liga ng Transportasyon at Operators sa Pilipinas (LTOP).

“Our LTFRB-NCR was like yesterday, they worked overtime until 8 o’clock in the evening, so we are happy because their policy is very good because we are already being talked to,” said Marquez.

He added that they expect 70 to 80 percent of their members to receive the fare matrix by the end of the week.

The fare hike covers traditional and modern jeeps, buses, taxis, and transport network vehicle services (TNVS).

Based on data from the LTFRB Central Office this Friday morning, 463 fare matrices or only 1.18 percent of the 39,211 target vehicles have been released.

Only 2,711 or 6.9 percent initially applied. The LTFRB added that before the end of the day, there was an influx of applicants.

Meanwhile, transport leader Zaldy Ping-ay, president of the Stop & Go Coalition, appealed to the LTFRB to simplify the requirements for applying for the fare matrix to speed it up.

Ping-ay announced that some members who applied for the fare matrix were delayed in the franchise verification portion.

“According to the pedestrian, the franchise verification is taking longer because the queue is long,” he explained.

“When you would have submitted the documents, there would have been no franchise verification because they had the record.”

After the fare hike was announced in mid-September, the LTFRB encouraged PUV operators to apply for fare matrices earlier to avoid the near-deadline rush. RNT/SA

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