Commuter files appeal vs bus, jeep fare hikes


Posted at Oct 23 2018 03:38 PM | Updated as of Oct 31 2018 09:41 AM

MANILA -- A commuter from Camarines Norte province lodged Tuesday a motion for reconsideration to stop the implementation of the fare hike for buses and jeepneys next month.

Regulators have raised minimum fare of public jeepneys to P10 from P9, that of provincial buses to P13 from P12, and that of Metro Manila buses to P11 from P10.

Arlis Acao, in his petition against the new fare scheme, claimed that jeep and bus drivers earn more than the minimum wage.

Roughly 25 percent of commuters, on the other hand, are jobless, including senior citizens and students, he said.

It would be "unfair" for passengers to bear the higher fares amid the rising prices of basic goods, he added.

Acao said he will present evidence on the supposed income of jeepney and bus drivers if the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) conducts a hearing on his petition.

Earlier this month, the LTFRB approved the increase of minimum jeepney fare to P10 from P9; and Metro Manila buses fare to P13 from P12 for air-conditioned units, and P11 from P10 for ordinary units.

The LTFRB did not raise the minimum fare of provincial buses, but allowed them to charge P1.55 for every kilometer after the first 5 kms, higher than the current P1.40.