• Local govt units urged to review tricycle fares

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    A board member of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is appealing to local government units (LGUs) to review tricycle fares after the base fare for jeepneys has been reduced by 50 centavos starting Friday.

    Antonio Inton over the weekend said the transportation agency has been receiving inquiries and requests for rollback of tricycle fares.

    But Inton said LTFRB has no jurisdiction over tricycles.

    He explained in a statement released over the weekend that LGUs should be the ones regulating tricycle fares.

    “The LGUs have jurisdiction over tricycles since the effectivity of the Local Government Code. Per haps it’s about time the LGUs review tricycle fares considering the dramatic reduction of oil prices,” Inton said.

    He noted that despite tricycles being utilized for short distance travel, fares are quite expensive.

    The base fare for jeepneys covering the first four kilometers is at P7 with additional P1.50 for succeeding kilometers.

    But tricycles usually charge P15 per head for short distance trips covering less than 4 kilometers.

    “I appeal to all LGUs to review their current tricycle fares. Prices of gasoline are continuously going down, jeepney fares and flag-down rate for taxis are currently reduced,” Inton said.

    Maria Laura Angeles

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