Fare increases for all ground transportation modes are looming

The incumbent Duterte government is considering requests to increase fares for jeepneys, Transportation Network Vehicle Services (TNVS) and buses, an official with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said on Wednesday.

‘TIGIL PASADA.’ At least 10 jeepney drivers belonging to the Paco-Nagtahan Jeepney Drivers Association decided to stop making their journey on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, due to soaring prices of petroleum and petroleum products. Danny Pata

This developed as LTFRB executive director Kristina Cassion said the agency had not yet received any fare hike petitions from taxi operators, contrary to their claim, and that it was ” disturbed” even though their office had yet to receive an official petition from the taxi groups.

At the Laging Handa public briefing, Cassion was asked about the petition to raise the minimum fare for jeepneys to P14 or P15, responding, “The council considers, in balancing interests, first, the economic viability of our operators amid rising fuel costs.”

“Of course, on the commuter side, because the charge would be passed on to them, (the question) is their ability to pay,” she added.

Cassion said the council’s decision will also consider the possible effect on inflation if fares are increased.

On June 8, the LTFRB approved an interim increase of P1 on the minimum fare for public service jeepneys, pushing the minimum fare to P10.

For TNVS, Grab asked the LTFRB to raise their flag rate down by around P20.

Meanwhile, municipal and provincial bus operators have also requested an increase from P4 to P7 which would raise the minimum fare from P15 to P20.

In a TV interview, Cassion clarified that the LTFRB had not received any formal petition from the taxi drivers, adding that the decision on the petition from the jeepney operators and TNVS would be finalized after their final hearings on June 28 and June 29, respectively. .

“We are disturbed because (the taxi drivers) said they filed a petition as early as March, but we are looking into our legal department – we haven’t received anything yet,” she said. .

“There was news that they would be filing a petition, but they said they were just making an appeal. So far, we haven’t received any official call from our taxi operators,” Cassion added.

Amid rising oil prices, taxi groups appealed last week for an interim P20 fare increase to their flag rate, but Cassion said the LTFRB could take no action “without any request price hikes” on their part.

“We’re a quasi-judicial body, so they have to file a petition before our board can act,” she said. Rio N. Araja

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