MANILA – Students are bound to enjoy extended fare discount privileges that would cover a twenty percent markdown on all modes of transportation, including plane and rail tickets, should a Senate bill be passed into law.
The current student fare discounts only cover reduced rates for land and sea transportation during weekdays, but Senate Bill 945 or the Expanded Student Fare Discount Bill seeks to “assist students and their parents or guardians in shouldering transportation expenses” by making the discounts applicable even during holidays and weekends.
“We need to fix the discount system for student fares because most students have to attend classes during the weekends, or have to work on projects and assignments during holidays,” Senator Sonny Angara, the bill’s author, said in a recent statement.
“Some students also have to go home to their home provinces (via plane or train) during school breaks,” Angara added.
Aside from the fare reductions, the proposed measure also exempts students who are travelling abroad for training, education, or competition from paying travel taxes and airport terminal fees.
Should the bill be passed into law, drivers and operators who will refuse to grant the expanded discounts will be slapped with penalties and fines, while railway systems are expected to designate a student fare booth in each station.
Angara said a student fare discount law is necessary as the current discount enjoyed by students is only effective via a memorandum circular issued by the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board.