THE P15 minimum fare for tricycles in Mandaue City will remain as fuel prices continue to be erratic.

Councilor Jimmy Lumapas, chairman of the City’s committee on transportation told SunStar Cebu on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 that they are still trying to observe the movement of fuel prices which has remained unpredictable.

He said a steady and successive fuel price hike would be one of their parameters whether or not to implement another fare increase for tricycles.

Mandaue’s P15 minimum fare for tricycles was imposed on March 14.

The fare may vary depending on the number of passengers on board the tricycle in certain areas.

Route Zone 4 (Gray) or tricycles plying routes in Barangays Alang-Alang, Ibabao, Umapad, Opao, Looc, Cambaro and Centro will have a fixed P15 fare.

While in routes Zone 1 (Red) or those plying Barangays Pagsabungan, Canduman, Casuntingan, Cabancalan, Maguikay, Tabok and Tingub; Route Zone 2 (Blue) or Barangays Paknaan and Labogon; Route Zone 4 (Yellow) or Barangays Banilad, Bakilid and Tipolo; and Route Zone 5 (Orange) or Barangays Casili, Cubcub, and Tawasan, drivers can charge P20 per head for two to three passengers and P25 if only one passenger boards the tricycle.

Edwin Jumao-as, Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (Team) director, also said they will continue to observe the four passengers per ride capacity and will look into the possibility of imposing penalties for overloading.

Earlier this month, Mayor Jonas Cortes announced the City gave tricycle drivers fuel subsidy to help ease the burden of erratic fuel prices and to prevent another fare hike.

“We would just give them financial aid because it would also affect the passengers. The subsidy is given to the tricycle drivers and operators,” Cortes said.

The fuel subsidy amounting to P5,000 cash was distributed on June 30 and July 1 for the first batch of beneficiaries; the second batch received their aid on July 7.

About 1,700 tricycle drivers and operators benefited from the cash assistance.

MPUJs overloading

Meanwhile, Lumapas said they may field additional modern public utility jeepneys (MPUJs) for Mandaue routes.

This, as they observed several MPUJs violating the minimum standing capacity for passengers.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) only allows a maximum of five standing passengers.

Jumao-as said the Team will now start to strictly implement the overloading violation among MPUJs.

“If one or two passengers are standing, then we would allow it. But if there are five or more, then we would really nab them for overloading,” said Jumao-as.