SENATOR Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. challenged transport authorities to take the bull by the horns in solving the problem on abusive taxi drivers.
Marcos expressed alarm over the growing incidents of taxi drivers bullying or even harassing and threatening their passengers if their demands are rejected.
He called on the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), the police and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to implement tougher but lawful measures to stop bully taxi drivers from “terrorizing” their passengers.
“Instant and severe but legal measures might stop arrogant taxi drivers from verbally abusing their passengers or, worse, physically harming them. Of course, they know that they could be charged in court, but it seems these drivers are not scared about it,” Marcos said.
The senator also called on taxi riders to be vigilant and emulate the brave victims who reported abuses to authorities and filed charges against abusive taxi drivers.
“Maganda talaga na nakikipagtulungan ang mamamayan sa otoridad. That’s why the people should assist the authorities even by just reporting that something wrong has happened, is happening, or is about to happen,” Marcos said.