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LTFRB: NEDA social impact study needed first for jeep surge pricing plea

GMA News Online logo GMA News Online 5/17/2018 Merueñas, Mark
Motorists such as this jeepney driver in Taft Avenue in Manila are given until Friday, May 26, 2017, to clear their dashboards and windshields of any items that may obstruct their line of sight, following the implementation of the Anti-Distracted Driving Law — a new law that has since confused many motorists. Danny Pata © Provided by GMA News Online Motorists such as this jeepney driver in Taft Avenue in Manila are given until Friday, May 26, 2017, to clear their dashboards and windshields of any items that may obstruct their line of sight, following the implementation of the Anti-Distracted Driving Law — a new law that has since confused many motorists. Danny Pata

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will first have to determine the social impact of implementing pricing in jeepneys before approving or rejecting a proposal for it.

"Parati natin ini-invite ang [National Economic and Development Authority] because we want a social impact assesement of all of these. Hindi po kami puwede [mag-decide] all on our own. We need the study of NEDA," LTFRB Board Member Aileen Lizada said in an Unang Balita interview.

Lizada said her agency needed to study the petition thouroughly because this might set a precedent.

"Once we give this to jeepney... bus operators, UV operators [might follow suit]. We need to study everything," she said.

She said the LTFRB will also first have to conduct a hearing on the proposal.

"The usual process is kailangan ihi-hearing pa rin ito. It has a social impact. Ang pinag-uusapan natin dito mga 3.5 millon ang apektado," she said.

Lizada said it was the first time the agency has received a petition for a "surge"-like pricing, similar to the one being used by the transport network vehicle service (TNVS) sector.

Jeepney operator groups have filed a petition for a P2 fare increase and the possible surge pricing during rush hours, citing the recent increase in pump prices of petroleum products.

Should this be implemented, non-aircon jeepneys will charge passengers a minimum of P10, up from the current minimum fare of P8 for the first four kilometers.

They will also charge an additional P2.00 for every succeeding kilometer, versus the current P1.50 per additional kilometer.

For aircon jeepneys, the petition is for the minimum fare to be set at P12.00 for the first four kilometers., and an additional P2.00 for every succeeding kilometer.

Aside from the fare hike, operators are also seeking a surge pricing mechanism during rush hours.

Under the petition, operators are looking at imposing an additional charge of P1 for the first kilometers during the peak hours — 5:00 to 8:00 a.m., and 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

This will mean that during those hours, passengers of non-aircon jeepneys will have to pay at least P11, while those riding aircon jeepneys will be charged a minimum of P13. — MDM, GMA News

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