PENAL­TIES FOR PUV DRIVERS

Drivers found to un­der­charge or over­charge com­muters will face a fine of P5,000

Sun.Star Davao - - TOP STORIES - BY LYKA AMETHYST H. CASAMAYOR / Re­porter

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.

Pres­i­dent

RO­DRIGO R. DUTERTE

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