P1 jeepney fare hike in Baguio effective Monday

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Friday, February 4, 2011


COMMUTERS come Monday will be paying an additional P1 to ride the public utility jeepneys.

Department of Transportation and Communication OIC-Regional Director Celina Claver said the Land Transportation Franchise and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) recently reached a decision granting fare increase for PUJs across the country.

In a signed board resolution, LTFRB approved the P1 increase in minimum fare for the first four kilometers and P1.40 for the succeeding kilometer.

From P7.50 for the first four kilometers, the new fares effective Monday will be P8.50 for regular passengers while students, senior citizens and the disabled will still be entitled to a 20 percent discount.

Claver said they are currently working out a fare matrix so drivers can post the newly approved fares in the region this weekend.

Regional Public Transport Affairs Officer Jonie Itliong said local jeepney operators are thankful for the positive response of the LTFRB as fuel, maintenance, and services for vehicles continue to increase almost every month.

He added that fuel prices are also more expensive in the city compared to those in other provinces in the Ilocos and Cagayan Valley regions.

However, he warned opportunistic jeepney drivers and operators not to collect the new fares yet without the fare matrix as they could be sanctioned by the LTFRB.

Discounted rates, meanwhile, have not yet been established for students, the disabled, and senior citizens. It is up to the LTFRB to determine how much discount will be given to these three groups.

If the P1 increase will be implemented, Itliong said, discounted rates will be at P7 for the first four kilometers during school days for students with duly registered and validated identification cards.

Drivers and operators found violating the new provisional rates shall be fined P500, or depending on the gravity of their offense. (JM Agreda)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 05, 2011.

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