COM­MUTER GROUP, MIL­I­TANTS HIT DOTR PLAN TO SUE ER­RANT MRT 3 RIDERS

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - METRO - By Jovic Yee @jovi­cy­eeINQ

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.

—IN­QUIRER FILE PHOTO

OP­POS­ING VIEWS To the DOTr, it’s the lack of dis­ci­pline but to mil­i­tants, it’s the lack of trains.

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