Commuters group seeks P.50 fare rollback


ELVIE MEDINA, president of the National Council for Commuter Protection (NCCP), on Monday said her group will ask for a 50 centavos fare rollback on public utility jeepneys in the wake of a series of oil price reductions in the past weeks.

She said the NCCP’s legal team is now drafting the petition to be filed before the Land Transportation, Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

“We are now preparing the necessary documents for a fare reduction,” she told The Manila Times in an exclusive interview.

Oil companies, including Pilipinas Shell, Petron Corp. and Chevron, slashed the prices of diesel by P1.55 to P1.65 per liter on Sunday.Diesel is the primary oil product being used by PUJs.

With this development, Medina said jeepney operators should cut fares from the minimum of P8.50 to P8 for the first four kilometers.

Prior to the rollback, various transport groups, among them the Alliance of Concerned Transport Organization (ACTO), Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (FEJODAP) and others asked the government for a fare increase from P8 to P10 for the first four kilometers and from the P1.40 rate per succeeding kilometer to P1.75.

The Manila Times tried several times to get the comments of some transport groups in the light of the substantial rollback but they could not be reached as of press time.


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