STARTING Jan. 29, 2016, public utility vehicles (PUVs) should have a notice posted on the 20 percent fare discount for senior citizens, persons with disabilities (PWDs) and students, and other required markings.
PUVs include taxis, passenger jeepneys, passenger buses, and garage-to-terminal (GT) Express, among others.
PUV operators who will not comply with the requirement will be penalized based on Memorandum Circular 2015-025 issued by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) last Oct. 29, 2015 and signed by Chairman Winston Ginez and Board Members Antonio Enrile-Inton.
This is an amendment to Memorandum Circulars 2005-008 and 2012-008 regarding required markings for all PUVs.
The two amended memo circulars required markings for all PUVs as a means to prevent or minimize abuses of drivers.
The Memorandum Circular 2015-025 strengthens the LTFRB mandate for safe, convenient, comfortable public land transportation and its drive against erring drivers, and encourages the riding public to report abuses of operators and drivers.
The LTFRB, in the exercise of its power to promulgate rules and regulations concerning public land based transport, amended the provisions of the two previous memorandum circulars.
Erring operators will have to pay P1,000 for every violation. This means that if a LTFRB inspector inspects a PUV and finds in both occasions that the vehicle doesn’t have the markings, he will be fined P2,000.
Under the joint order, drivers who will not give 20 percent fare discounts to senior citizens, PWDs and students will be fined P5,000 per violation.
In Cebu, several senior citizens, PWDs and students have been complaining that some PUV drivers are not giving them discounts.
In the same memo circular, PUV operators are required to display the vehicle’s plate number, LTFRB 24/7hotline number and the operator’s number.
The LTFRB 24/7 hotline is 1342. The riding public may also use text of viber hotlines 0917-550-1342 or 0998-550-1342.
PUV operators in the regions including Cebu are given until Jan. 29, 2016.