My uncle is a jeepney owner and operator who grants fare discounts to students. I just want to know if there is a need to present some proof that one is a student?
Please be informed of the provisions of Section 5 of Republic Act 11314, otherwise known as the “Student Fare Discount Act”, which reads, viz:
“Section 5. Student Fare Discount Privilege. – A student under this Act shall be entitled to a grant of twenty percent (20%) discount on domestic regular fares, upon personal presentation of their duly issued school identification cards (IDs) or current validated enrollment form, supported by the prescribed government-issued identification document, subject to an appropriate verification mechanism to be provided in the implementing rules and regulations (IRR): Provided, That in the case of air public transportation utilities, the discount shall only apply to the base fare or the price of the ticket before taxes and costs for ancillary services.” (Emphasis supplied)
Clearly, there is a need to present a school identification card or current validated enrollment form, supported by the prescribed government-issued identification document in order to be entitled to a 20-percent discount on regular fares by students.
It must, however, be stressed that a presentation of a fake student identification card is prohibited by law pursuant to Section 11, thereof, viz:
“Section 11. Use of Falsified Identification Documents and Misrepresentation. – Any person who avails or attempts to avail of the privileges under this Act through the use of falsified identification documents, fraud or any form of misrepresentation shall be denied said privileges and may be subject to civil and penal liabilities prescribed by law.”
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