98 complaints filed vs erring drivers in 2011

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in Davao Region reported Thursday a total of 98 complaints filed against public utility jeepney (PUJ) drivers who overcharged their passengers in 2011.

Edgar Violan, LTFRB-Davao Region spokesperson, said 20 of these erring drivers were found guilty of the violation and had to pay a fine of P3,000 each.

"This will serve as a warning to our PUJ drivers," he said.


Violan said passengers can file their complaints before concerned government agencies, such as the Land Transportation Office, Highway Patrol Group, Traffic Management Center and LTFRB.

He said bus drivers, who commit the same violation of overcharging, will also be charged accordingly.

He said the uniform fare matrix or "taripa" for PUJs gives the accurate fare for each destination.

He said non-posting of "taripas" is another form of violation with P800 as penalty.

Violan has announced that Davao Region is excluded from the 50-centavo fare increase.

He reminded PUJ drivers not to demand an increase of 50 centavos from P8-minimum fare. The region continues to implement the P8 fare for the first four kilometers that was approved on January 31, 2011 and was implemented starting on February 2, 2011.

He said the memorandum cited that there will be no fare increase in regions that have no pending petitions.

He said the transport groups in the region did not apply for the increase of fare.

The transport groups in the region are Southeastern Mindanao Diversified Drivers and Operators Cooperative 1-Utak, Transport of Mindanao for Solidarity, Independence and Nationalism Piston, Network of Transportation Organization and Mato. (Arianne Caryl N. Casas)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 23, 2012.

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