Wednesday July 18, 2018

Higher PUJ fares? Not if seniors, pro-Duterte group can help it

TWO groups of commuters opposed yesterday a petition of two transport groups in Cebu to increase minimum jeepney fares from the present P6.50 to P8.

Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) 7 Director Ahmed Cuizon said that those who opposed were from Kilusang Pagbabago-Cebu and a group of senior citizens represented by Cris Gabrillo.

The Basak Lapu-Lapu City Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association (Balacjoda) filed a petition for the P1.50 increase. Balacjoda is affiliated with the National Confederation of Transport Union.

While the minimum fare covers the first seven kilometers, most passengers in Lapu-Lapu City reportedly travel less than that.

On the other hand, the Cebu Integrated Transport Service Cooperative (Citrasco) represented by Chairman Benjamin Ryan Yu asked for a P1 fare increase.

Gabrillo said that at present, the drivers are overcharging as they do not give the P0.50 change if the passengers pay P7.

Cuizon said that the agency will forward the transcript of yesterday’s public hearing to the LTFRB Board headed by Chairman Martin Delgra. “It’s the LTFRB that can decide on the petition,” he added. (EOB)