MANILA - Transport group Piston on Tuesday held a protest in front of the office of Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) over the recent decision to increase the minimum jeepney fare to P8.50 beginning June 14.
The group lamented that the fare hike was only limited to jeepney operators and drivers in National Capital Region, Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog.
It also said the government should have just given jeepney drivers P6 fuel discount.
The current jeepney fare is 8 pesos for the first 4 kilometers.
Due to the fare hike, commuters will have to shell out an additional 10 centavos for every succeeding kilometer, or from P1.40 to P1.50.
LTFRB Chairman Winston Ginez earlier said the board found factual basis for a reasonable fare hike, citing increases in diesel prices.
He clarified the fare increase is subject to certain conditions. These include children less than 1 meter in height should be accommodated for free.
Senior citizen discounts should be honored as well as discounts for students and persons with disabilities.
Only those jeepney operators who have posted the fare matrix can implement the fare hike. – report from Dennis Datu, dzMM