The implementation of the 50-centavo jeepney fare rollback in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental that began yesterday went smoothly, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board 6 Regional Director Romulo Bernardes said.
The fare for a regular commuter is now P6.50, and P5 for students, senior citizens and persons with disabilities, he said.
If drivers refuse to implement the new fare rate commuters should file complaints at the new LTFRB office beside police station 1 fronting the Bacolod public plaza, he said.
Commuters can lodge complaints for overcharging, the penalty of which is P5,000 for a first offense, he said.
The penalty for the second offense is P10,000 and a 30-day suspension, and for the third offense – P15,000 and cancellation of franchise, Bernardes added.
He said a notice of the new rates for the first five kilometers should be conspicuously posted neat the fare matrix notifications in PUJs.
The roll back was implemented following a series of oil price cuts.
However, oi l firms are set to slightly hike pump prices today (story on page 9).
Bernardes said the fare rates can be adjusted again in the future depending the situation of fuel rates.*CPG
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