DAILY RIDE Students and employees rely on jeepneys to bring them to schools and offices in Dagupan City, one of Ilocos region’s business centers. —WILLIE LOMIBAO
MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has clarified that no fare hikes for modern public utility jeepneys (PUJs) and electronic jeepneys (E-jeepneys) will be implemented.
LTFRB issued the clarification on Tuesday after reports of fare increase surfaced following the issuance of Memorandum Circular (MC) 2019-061 on Fare Rates for Modern PUJ Services and Electric PUJ Services.
The said memorandum only serves as a guideline, the LTFRB explained in a statement.
The regulatory board said the memorandum “aims to establish a nationwide fare guideline baseline for Modern PUJs and E-Jeepneys and to standardize fare computations for such types of Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs).”
LTFRB said authorized fare computation for modern PUJs and e-Jeeneys should be:
- For non-air-conditioned electric and modern PUJs, fare rate is 20 percent higher than regular PUJ services for the first four kilometers but no rate difference in every succeeding kilometer;
- For air-conditioned electric and modern PUJs, fare rate is 20 percent higher than regular PUJ services for the first four kilometers, and 20 percent higher for every succeeding kilometer
“The agency reiterates that MC 2019-061 only covers fare guidelines for Modern PUJs and E-Jeepneys and shall not affect Regular PUJ Services,” the LTFRB said.
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