REP. Angelina Tan of Quezon province has filed House Bill 3371, requiring all business establishments to put up taxi stands within their premises to ensure the safety and ease of passengers.
She is particularly eyeing the coverage of malls, shopping centers, commercial areas, airport, bus terminals, hotels and restaurants.
The taxi stands should have a security officer from the establishment to issue passenger stubs containing the date and time, name of the taxi company, body and plate number of the vehicle.
The stub will be given to the passenger right before boarding the vehicle, she added.
Aside from that, establishments are also required to place a closed-circuit television camera near the taxi stand.
The proposed bill is welcomed by commuters although some think this is already being done by some major malls in the metropolis.
Commuter Rommel Delima expressed belief that the goal of promoting safety could easily be achieved should HB 3371, if passed into law. But he said a known hotel/casino near Manila International Airport Terminal 3, among others, has been doing the same procedure for some time now.
“If the business establishments have enough concern for the public, there is no need for a law mandating them to do such. It is, after all, a small price that would ensure safety of all concerned,” he said.
Another commuter Ma. Analyn Moises said the measure would reduce the probability of taxi drivers refusing passengers.
“We could easily report the taxi drivers who refuse to convey passengers or contracting them. I, for one, would be waiting for this,” she said.
Tan said that filing HB 3371 came at the heels of reports about taxi drivers, who are members of criminal syndicates, preying on their passengers.
She said the latest modus operandi of these criminal syndicates is the use of inducing spray that will put the taxi passenger to sleep.
“A complainant narrated her ordeal that while inside the taxi cab she was almost knocked unconscious due to the strong smell of gaseous odor sprayed by the tax driver,” Tan said.
Under the proposal, the local governments would be set to conduct regular inspections to see if the business establishments in their locality are implementing the proposed Act.
A fine of P300,000 and revocation of their license/ permit to operate would be slapped on the management or officials of the business establishments who violate the proposed Act.