LTFRB to de­cide soon on taxi fare in­crease, guide­lines on ride-shar­ing apps

Business World - - THE NATION - By Pa­trizia Paola C. Marcelo

THE LAND Trans­porta­tion Fran­chis­ing and Reg­u­la­tory Board (LTFRB) will re­lease its of­fi­cial de­ci­sion on the pro­posed in­crease in taxi fares, as well as guide­lines on ride-shar­ing apps, be­fore the end of the month, an of­fi­cial said.

“The de­ci­sion [on taxi fare in­crease will] come out be­fore the end [of the] month,” Board Mem­ber Aileen Lizada said via text.

Ms. Lizada added that the agency would also re­lease the pend­ing Mem­o­ran­dum Cir­cu­lars (MCs) on the reg­u­la­tion of ride-shar­ing apps or trans­port net­work com­pa­nies (TNCs) Uber (Uber Sys­tems, Inc.), Grab (MyTaxi.PH, Inc.) and Uhop “be­fore the end of the month.”

The LTFRB an­nounced three weeks ago that it’s look­ing at in­creas­ing fares in a bid to make taxis more com­pet­i­tive and to mo­ti­vate driv­ers and op­er­a­tors to give bet­ter ser­vice.

The pro­posed fare ad­just­ment will re­tain the flag-down rate of P40, but the run­ning fare for ev­ery 300 me­ters and wait­ing time for ev­ery 2 min­utes will in­crease to P5.50 from P3.50.

Mean­while, the MCs to be re­leased aim to reg­u­late the op­er­a­tions of TNCs, which in­clude op­er­at­ing hours and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of units.

Ms. Lizada pre­vi­ously said the LTFRB plans to reg­u­late the num­ber of hours a trans­port net­work ve­hi­cle (TNV) driver goes on­line and op­er­ates.

She added the board will dis­cuss the pos­si­bil­ity of trans­port net­work ve­hi­cle ser­vice (TNVS) us­ing PUV plates.

The MCs will for­mal­ize the planned reg­u­la­tions of LTFRB on TNCs, which the LTFRB said they con­sider to be pub­lic util­i­ties like taxis and buses.

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