Metro Manila commuters will soon get a premium limousine taxi service, adopted from South Korea’s Chairman De Luxe Taxi line.
Land Transportation Franchising Board (LTFRB) Chairman Winston Ginez said in a text message that Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya authorized the roll out of premium or deluxe taxis in June.
“We hope to see the premium or deluxe taxis in Metro Manila by May or June 2016,” Ginez said.
The project has been in the works since year, with the LTFRB discussing the scope of the project with taxi operators in late 2015.
The premium taxis will follow a strict set of guidelines from the LTFRB.
According to a memo issued by the LTFRB, premium taxis must be sedans not than 7 years old. The cars must also be equipped with a GPS monitoring system. All vehicles must be brand new at the time of securing the franchise.
The LTFRB will set the color scheme of the vehicles. Each operator is expected to have a minimum of 20 vehicles.
The premium taxi service will be metered, based on a set fare to be determined by the LTFRB. Aside from cash, credit card and debit card payment options must also be made available by the operators.
LTFRB also requires Operators must have an online booking or dispatching facility.
Maria Laura Angeles