PENALTIES FOR PUV DRIVERS
Drivers found to undercharge or overcharge commuters will face a fine of P5,000
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) warned Public Utility Jeepney (PUJ) operators and drivers to follow the fare matrix as they will still penalize undercharging fare.
LTFRB head Attorney Cattleya Acaylar said the sanction for those with undercharging and overcharging fare would be P5,000.
“Actually, maong naay sanction ang undercharge kay if ever man gud naay ganahan magpatuma ug sakto, then naay uban dili mutuo, mu-result mana siya sa unfair compertition (There is a sanction because if there will be an unfair competition between the drivers if some are following the fare matrix and some are not),” Acaylar said in a phone interview yesterday, adding that passengers will choose drivers with lesser charge. She said it will in turn force other drivers not to follow the regulated fare since 2011.
Last week, LTFRB received complaints about the sudden fare increase of the PUJ drivers from Toril to Roxas Avenue from P20 to P25. This was clarified by the LTFRB to be undercharging from the original fare matrix of P27.50.
“Last Wednesday, nag-meeting mi with PUJ operators. Amo silang gisultian na ipatuman gyud ang fare matrix (We met with the PUJ operators and told them the fare matrix should be followed),” she said, adding that they will have to conduct a public forum with the drivers, commuters and the terminal manager in Toril about the matter.
Meanwhile, Acaylar said that the PUJ drivers should just explain the fare matrix to commuters patiently and accurately as it is just normal to demand for an explanation of the sudden increase.
“Arrogant drivers will be penalized also,” Acaylar said.
She also urged the riding public to also keep their calm.
I don’t think he (Panelo) can position himself to a spokesman. Maybe in the meantime, but I’m considering other names.
RODRIGO R. DUTERTE