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Taas bawi! LTFRB to review fare matrix fees, eyes roll back

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Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) chairman Martin Delgra III on Tuesday said they will review the fees being imposed on public utility jeepney (PUJ) operators and drivers to secure the fare matrix which will enable them to impose the P10 minimum fare.

“Nadatnan na po natin ‘yan nung pagpasok natin na matagal na rin pala na regulatory fee. ‘Pag may decision na fare adjustment na pinal, meron babayaran offhand. Kailangan tignan uli ‘yang policy na ‘yan,” Delgra said in a radio interview .

PUJ operators and drivers have been complaining that they need to pay a P610 fee for the fare matrix.

The LTFRB currently imposes a P510 for new certificates of public convenience, P40 for franchise verification, P50 for fare matrix and P10 for legal research fee. The collected fees go to the National Treasury.

To date, the Board has issued its fare matrix to 2,365 jeepney drivers and operators in the National Capital Region, Central and Southern Luzon to reflect the P10 minimum jeepney fare which took effect last November 2.

The LTFRB warned jeepney drivers found charging the increased fare without the new matrix will be apprehended for overcharging.

Delgra said a fare rollback was possible depending on its review of the current jeepney fare.

“Possible bumalik sa dating pamasahe. Depende sa galaw ng krudo. Ang galaw sa pagtataas ng pasahe, almost always ang pinagbabasehan ang galaw ng krudo. Ngayon, tinitignan din natin ang inflation, consumer price index. All those things are being considered,” he said.

The LTFRB is conducting the review in compliance with the directive of Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade that fares must be based on a predetermined matrix that will set clear guidelines when these should be increased or lowered.

Tugade directed the LTFRB to come up with a parametric formula so that fare adjustments would become automatic rather than rely on petitions.

The LTFRB approved last October 18 a P2 increase in the minimum jeepney fare from P8 to P10 in Metro Manila, Central Luzon and Southern Luzon.

The petition for the jeepney fare hike was filed in September last year, citing higher fuel prices. (PNA)