COMMUTER GROUP, MILITANTS HIT DOTR PLAN TO SUE ERRANT MRT 3 RIDERS
Why should the riding public suffer over the problems hounding the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT 3)?
This was the response of commuter and militant groups to Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade’s plan to file cas- es against commuters who cause unloading incidents.
“Commuters have become desperate over time because of the failure of government to provide adequate, efficient and affordable mass transport. It is that desperation and frustration which make commuters force their way onto trains,” Bayan Secretary Gen- eral Renato Reyes said.
Make them pay
In a speech before business groups in Pampanga last Friday, Tugade said he had instructed the MRT 3 management to already “file cases and collect damages” from those who deliberately lean on or force open train doors.
But National Center for Commuters Safety and Protection head, Maricor Akol said that instead of filing cases against commuters, imposing fines might be a better way to help instill discipline in errant train riders.
“They would think twice about not following rules since it would be a burden for them to pay fines,” she added.
OPPOSING VIEWS To the DOTr, it’s the lack of discipline but to militants, it’s the lack of trains.