Mora­to­rium on taxi fare rate sought

Sun.Star Baguio - - FRONT PAGE - Jonathan Llanes Sun*Star Re­porter

A PE­TI­TION ask­ing for a mora­to­rium in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the present taxi fare rate in Baguio City and Benguet Prov­ince has been sub­mit­ted to the De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion and Rail­ways in the Cordillera re­gion.

This fol­low­ing an up­roar com­ing from the rid­ing pub­lic on the present taxi fare

rate.

DOTR - Cordillera As­sis­tant Re­gional Di­rec­tor Mo­ham­mad Nasser Ab­bas ex­plained pe­ti­tion which has reached the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent came from ven­dors, stu­dents and con­cerned cit­i­zens.

"Ask­ing the cen­tral of­fice of the cen­tral of­fice of the De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion for a mora­to­rium on the taxi fare hike in Cordillera specif­i­cally Baguio City and Benguet," the pe­ti­tion read.

The pe­ti­tion added the in­stal­la­tion of GPS, WiFi, con­tin­u­ous 72 hour dash board and on­line dig­i­tal cam­eras from ac­cred­ited sup­pli­ers by the LTFRB ap­pears to be a busi­ness part­ner­ship to earn per­sonal in­come.

“Rid­ing cal­i­brated taxi's are sig­nif­i­cantly af­fect­ing and fi­nan­cially con­strain­ing be­cause among us pas­sen­gers and com­muters are stu­dents, se­nior cit­i­zens, per­sons with dis­abil­ity, un­em­ployed and fi­nan­cially in­ca­pable," adds the pe­ti­tion. "There­fore we plea, with your po­si­tional author­ity, a mora­to­rium shall be re­solved un­til such time a bet­ter pro­posal and a per­ma­nent de­ci­sion from the DOTR will be pub­lished."

The ad­just­ment on flag down rate ap­proved by the LTFRB in Oc­to­ber last year starts with the reg­u­lar P35 flag down rate with the ad­di­tion of a P13.50 per kilo­me­ter, and a P2 per minute of travel time from ori­gin to des­ti­na­tion.

The old fare rate is P35 flag down plus P2 per 200 me­ters, and an ad­di­tional P2 per minute of wait­ing time.

The new taxi fare rate is only ap­pli­ca­ble to taxis which have un­der­gone me­ter cal­i­bra­tion process of the LTFRB which started on March 5.

"For this to be to­tally amended and for the P2 per minute wait­ing time to be scrapped will give a bur­den to the op­er­a­tors and will force the rid­ing pub­lic not to ride taxis," Ab­bas said.

Ab­bas added Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte have al­ways been for the masses and does not like things like th­ese to af­fect masses that's why he was voted upon be­cause the peo­ple be­lieves he can make changes.

Photo by Milo Brioso

FACES. Peo­ple from all walks of life rest along­side the mu­ral paint­ing in down­town, Bontoc.

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