Cal­izo: RTA not ef­fec­tive T

’RTA’s traf­fic so­lu­tions are short-term and pose risks to mo­torists’

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - PJ Orias

he City Coun­cil on Mon­day ap­proved a rare pro­posal from the as­so­ci­a­tions of taxi op­er­a­tors and driv­ers to lower the taxi fare cit­ing low in­come. City Coun­cilor Teo­dulfo Lao Jr., chair­per­son of the pub­lic util­i­ties said the ap­proved res­o­lu­tion will be for- warded to the na­tional of­fice of the Land Trans­porta­tion Fran­chis­ing and Reg­u­la­tory Board (LTFRB) which has the au­thor­ity to ad­just the fare rate.

Lao said the op­er­a­tors and driv­ers par­tic­u­larly asked to stop the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the P13 per suc­ceed­ing kilome­ter and if pos­si­ble, the P2 per minute wait­ing time fare rates. The flag down rate which is at P40 will re­main.

The Ca­gayan de Oro Taxi Op­er­a­tors and Driv­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, Fed­er­a­tion of Taxi Op­er­a­tors and Driv­ers, and taxi op­er­a­tors and driv­ers in the up­town area of the city were the ones who asked for the de­crease.

Coun­cilor Zaldy Ocon mean­while asked to de­fer the pas­sage res­o­lu­tion and give it

2 more weeks to en­sure that all driv­ers and op­er­a­tors were con­sulted.

Ocon got the sup­port of Coun­cilors Ge­orge Gok­ing, Edna Dahino, and Romeo Cal­izo.

But the res­o­lu­tion got ap­proved any­way as it was voted by the ma­jor­ity of the coun­cilors.

In Au­gust this year, the LTFRB has started re-cal­i­brat­ing taxi me­ters to im­ple­ment the fare hike that also pro­vides for a P2-per-minute travel charge.

Un­der the new fare scheme, the flag down rate for taxis re­mains at P40 but the dis­tance rate is now at P13.50 per kilome­ter, higher than the pre­vi­ous P3.50 for ev­ery 300 me­ters or around P11 per kilome­ter.

On top of that, taxi op­er­a­tors can now charge a travel du­ra­tion rate of P2 per minute, to re­place the wait­ing time charge of P3.50 for ev­ery two min­utes.

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