Public transport drivers gave blended reactions to the federal government’s resolution to increase fares amid gasoline value hikes.
In a “24 Oras Weekend” report by Vonne Aquino on Saturday, jeepney driver Julie Acierto stated the fare hike would add about P100 to his every day earnings of P400.
Nevertheless, some drivers thumbed down the rise.
“Pasahero naman ang mahihirapan, hindi naman kami. Kapag itinaas ang piso, boundary naman namin ang itataas. Huwag na lang itaas ang pamasahe, ‘yung krudo na lang ang ibaba,” Rizalino Manangkil stated.
(Passengers shall be carrying the burden, not us drivers. If the fare is elevated by P1, our boundary charges can even improve. Don’t increase the fare, however decrease the crude costs.)
“As a substitute of elevating the flagdown fee, I believe it could be higher to decrease the boundary fee. If the flagdown fee is elevated, fewer passengers will journey in taxis,” taxi driver Rommel Bueno added.
Commuters, in the meantime, at the moment are planning to chop their journey bills as a result of fare hike.
Beginning October, a P1 provisional improve within the minimal fare shall be carried out for the primary 4 kilometers of journey in each conventional and fashionable jeepneys, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) introduced on Friday.
For public utility buses, the LTFRB authorized a P2 uniformed base fare hike for metropolis and provincial buses for the primary 5 kilometers and the succeeding kilometer fare improve of P0.35 to P0.50 relying on the kind of bus.
The flagdown fee for taxis and TNVS was additionally adjusted upwards by P5.
At the very least two transport teams additionally aired their views concerning the fare will increase.
“Even when solely P1 was added, we’d get one thing within the succeeding kilometer. That will be useful as a result of we earned P12 in our first 4 kilometers. This favors those that have lengthy routes, stated ALTODAP president Boy Vargas.
“The federal government ought to act on the excessive taxes on petroleum merchandise. A P1 improve could be ineffective if taxes on petroleum merchandise continued to extend,” stated Piston president Mody Floranda.
The LTFRB earlier stated that it acknowledged the necessity for a fare improve following the persevering with rise in oil costs.
The company stated it consulted the Nationwide Financial and Improvement Authority and the Division of Power on the matter. — Jamil Santos/VBL, GMA Information