LTFRB: Jeepney minimum fare still P8

Posted at 03/31/14 7:02 PM

JFT bus fleet suspended

MANILA - The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Monday reaffirmed its decision to deny the petition for a P.50 provisional fare increase for jeepneys plying Metro Manila, Central Luzon, and CALABARZON.

LTFRB executive director Atty. Roberto Cabrera led enforcers in conducting a surprise inspection of public utility jeepneys in selected locations in Metro Manila.

He warned jeepney drivers that if will they not abide by the rules, the board is ready to revoke their franchise.

No jeepneys increased fare this morning but Alliance of Concerned Transport Organization (ACTO) claimed that they are only giving a discount to passengers.

The group still plans to implement a 50 centavo fare hike even if the LTFRB does not their petition for a P2 fare hike on or before April 11.

ACTO officials said they voluntarily decreased the minimum fare from P8.50 to P8 last year because of a rollback in fuel prices.

Meanwhile, the LTFRB on Saturday preventively suspended the entire fleet of JFT buses pending an investigation, after one of its units injured an LTFRB enforcer who was apprehending a bus driver for violating the closed-door policy along EDSA last Friday.

The fleet is made up of 29 units plying the Norzagaray-Commonwealth-Bulacan route.

It was later discovered that the particular unit was travelling with an expired franchise registration.

JFT, however, showed media an approved extension of franchise validity until 2015.