MANILA -- It is the right of passengers to refuse to pay the P0.50 fare increase that will be implemented by some jeepney drivers on Monday, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said.
Speaking to radio dzMM on Saturday, LTFRB Chairman Winston Ginez reiterated that the transport groups' motion for a provisional fare increase was not approved by the Board.
Thus, jeepney drivers are not allowed to charge their passengers a minimum fare of P8.50 instead of P8.
"Karapatan ho natin yan dahil yan po ang nakasaad sa batas. Kapag walang pahintulot ang regulatory agency ay dapat wala hong pagtataas sa pamasahe ho sa jeep at sa anumang land transportation natin," Ginez said.
"Meron na ho akong special team ng mga officers na binuo para sila ang didinig sa lahat ng complaints tungkol ho rito sa dagdag pamasahe na hinihingi ng ating mga transport [group]," he added.
He said passengers who will be charged an additional P0.50 may file a complaint before the LTFRB and call their hotline number 459-2129.
They may also take pictures or videos of the driver and of the jeepney's plate number, he said.
"Nakipag-ugnayan ho ako kay Assistant Sec. Aljun Tan ng ating Land Transportation Office (LTO) at sa kanilang director ng law enforcement at magpapakalat ho kami sa Lunes ng iba't ibang teams sa mga piling lugar dito sa Metro Manila para ma-monitor po natin," Ginez said.
The motion for issuance of a P0.50 provisional fare increase for the first 4 kilometers was filed last February 15 by the Alliance of Concerned Transport Organization (ACTO), Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (FEJODAP), Pangkahalatang Sangguniang Metro Manila and Suburb Association (PASANG-MASDA), Alliance of Transport Operations and Drivers Association of the Philippines (ALTODAP), and the Liga ng mga Tsuper at Operator sa Pilipinas, Inc. (LTOP).
The Board denied the transport groups' request, with Ginez pointing out that the prices of diesel fuel in Metro Manila have remained below the P45 per liter level.