Ruling on 50-centavo jeepney fare hike out soon

By Nina Corpuz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 14 2014 04:11 PM | Updated as of Feb 15 2014 12:11 AM

MANILA - The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is set to decide on February 28 a proposed 50-centavo provisional hike in jeepney fare.

LTFRB Chairman Winston Ginez asked transport groups to file an urgent motion about the provisional increase and copy furnish all other parties in the case including the Office of the Solicitor General, which represents the government, Roberto Concepcion of Oil Price Watch, and Elvira Medina of the consumers' group.

This is for the other parties to be able to give their comments and suggestions on the 50-centavo increase.

Jeepney operators earlier asked for a 2-peso jeepney fare hike but are asking for a provisional fare hike to be implemented sooner.

"Malalaman na ang decision ng board kung ipagkakaloob ang provisional increase by February 28," said Ginez.

Transport groups are also concerned with the new traffic scheme that will be implemented by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority because of the infrastructure programs.

"Yung panibagong traffic scheme, pag nata-traffic ka, lalong lumalakas ang konsumo ng jeep. Uubos ka ng oras, imbes na nakakaikot ka ng lima, mababawasan...pag natraffic ka hirap ng driver nun. In the meantime, kailangang kailangan namin ng 50 centavos provisional increase," said 1-UTAK national chairman Boy Vargas.