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By Francis Allan L. Angelo
THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory (LTFRB) will crack the whip on public utility jeepneys and buses that refuse to implement the 50 centavo fare reduction which took effect Monday.
Atty. Porfirio Clavel, LTFRB-6 director, said they will be forced to run after erring jeepney and bus drivers who will not follow the reduction. Clavel made the threat after several passengers complained that some drivers still collect the P7.50 minimum fare instead of P7.
Clavel noted only a handful of drivers obtained the latest fare matrix from their office despite earlier announcements on the fare reduction.
Gaspar Grejarte of the Iloilo City Alliance of Jeepney Owners and Drivers Association (Icajoda) said many of their members did not implement the reduction because the LTFRB did not send any letter informing them about the fare decrease.
Grejarte said many of their members did not hear LTFRB announcement over the radio “because they leave their home early to pick up passengers.”
But Clavel said the fare reduction was widely disseminated in print and broadcast media, thus it is impossible for drivers to be unaware of the new fare rate.
“Tell that to the marines. We have been discussing this for sometime already,” Clavel added.
Clavel said the new fare matrix is free of charge “thus there is no reason for the drivers to have difficulty getting a copy from my office.”
“They can even photocopy this,” he said.
Nick Dalisay, president of the Iloilo City Alliance of Drivers Association (Icada), said their members agreed to implement the fare reduction even without the matrix.
“We are policing our ranks against erring drivers. If some of our members don’t observe the new policy, they can refer the name and plate number of the jeep to me so we can act appropriately,” Dalisay said.
Clavel said he will give drivers until this week to get the matrix before directing the Land Transportation Office to inspect jeepneys and buses plying the city and province of Iloilo.