THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) yesterday reminded taxi drivers and operators to recalibrate and reseal their meters, otherwise they will be penalized.
LTFRB 7 Director Ahmed Cuizon said this after he was informed that dozens of taxi drivers and operators picketed in front of his office yesterday morning to protest against the reduction of taxi fare ordered by the LTFRB Board in Manila.
Cuizon was attending the meeting of the Mactan-Cebu Bridge Management Board, which discussed the traffic problem in the cities of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu, which is partly caused by the repair of the Mandaue-Mactan Bridge.
Cuizon said he already informed LTFRB Chairman Winston Ginez and Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) Secretary Joseph Abaya about the grievances of the taxi operators and drivers when they were here in Cebu last week.
Ginez is the head of LTFRB and LTFRB is an agency attached to DOTC.
“They (Ginez and Abaya) said legal process should take its proper course. I understand that operators in Cebu and other regions filed a petition for the reversal of the LTFRB decision. They just hear it in an appropriate venue and appropriate hearing that will be called for the purpose,” Cuizon said.
The LTFRB reduced the taxi fares after fuel price decreased from P48 per liter in 2013 to only P22 per liter at present.
Cuizon said that until there is another order from the LTFRB board ordering the reduction of the flagdown rate from P40 to P30 for the first 500 meters and P3.50 for the succeeding 50 meters, the present order is in effect and must be implemented.
“So, today, April 4, we will start the recalibration of taxi and resealing of taxi meters,” Cuizon said.
He said that for April, the recalibration and resealing will be for taxi units with plate numbers ending in 2,4 and 9, and the deadline will be on April 30.
The others will be for May and June. If after the deadlines the taxi operators still failed to recalibrate and reseal their meters, they will be fined P5,000 and they will not be allowed to ply anymore.