Transport group wary on fare hike

TRANSPORT group in the province belonging to the United Negros Drivers and Operators Center (Undoc) is wary about the recent decision of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) that the fare rate increase in only P8.50 and P9.00.

Diego Malacad, secretary-general of Undoc, said the P0.50 centavo change would matter as the passengers may pay P8.00 instead of paying P8.50.

But Malacad said they welcome such move of the LTFRB for as long as the new fare rate will be implemented.

"The P9.00 was approved during the public hearings and the regional director of the LTFRB bypassed the decision," he pointed out.

The fare hike was approved in February but up to this time, the LTFRB has not yet come out with the fare matrix for the implementation.

Jeanette Solinap, chief of operations of the LTFRB, said the P8.50 fare rate will be implemented 15 days after publication in the local dailies.

Drivers have been clamoring that the new fare rate implementation has been long overdue as oil companies have continued to increase pump prices. (TDE)


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