THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) appealed to transport groups to wait for their decision on their fare hike petition, and not raise minimum fares.
The appeal came after transport groups threatened to raise the minimum fare even before the regulator hear the petition for fare adjustment in a fourth hearing next month.
“Transport groups cannot simply adjust the fares whenever they want; there must be a proper forum to discuss their appeal,” LTFRB Chairman lawyer Winston Ginez said.
Transport groups filed a petition seeking to increase the minimum fare to P10 from P8 and grant jeepney operators a provisional increase of 50 centavos per kilometer.
The transport groups are composed of the Alliance of Concerned Transport Organization, Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines, Pangkahalatang Sangguniang Metro Manila and Suburb Association, Alliance of Transport Operations and Drivers Association of the Philippines, and the Liga ng mga Tsuper at Operator sa Pilipinas Inc.
Ginez said the groups must present evidence justifying the fare increase.
“We are requesting the transport groups to present studies and projections showing possible losses as a result of the factors they mentioned in their petition, and other relevant documents that could prove the fare increase adjustment can be granted by the Board,” he said.