MANILA - Jeepney operators who have modernized their fleets are seeking fare increases to offset the cost of meeting new standards set by government, a transport official said.
The operators want the base fare raised to P10 for non-air-conditioned units and P12 for air-conditioned units from the current P8, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board member Aileen Lizada said.
The modern jeepneys are outfitted with surveillance cameras, WiFi, dashboard cameras and automated fare collection systems, Lizada told DZMM, adding, "It is no joke to invest in all of them."
The jeepney operators also asked for a "Rush Hour Rate" which will require a P1 and P2 increment for non-air-conditioned and air-conditioned units, respectively, during peak hours.
The rush hour rates will take effects from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., she said.
The LTFRB will hear the fare increase petitions with the National Economic and Development Authority to help assess the potential social impact of an adjustment, Lizada said.