LTFRB Grants PUV’s Transportation Fare Hike

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MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) granted rate hikes for jeepneys, buses, taxis, and Transport Network Vehicle Services that will take effect on October 4.

This is after the agency “recognized the need for a fare increase following the continuing rise of oil prices.”

Both traditional and modern jeepneys gained a P1 increase for the first four kilometers. Traditional public utility jeepneys (TPUJ) will charge P12, while MPUJ will now charge P14. With the hike, TPUJ’s next-kilometer prices will be P1.80 from P1.50, and MPUJ’s would be P2.20 from P1.80.

The operators of public utility buses have requested an increase in the basic fee between P4 and P7, as well as an increase in the rate for every succeeding kilometer between P0.45 and P1.20.

The LTFRB authorized a P2 uniformed base fee increase for municipal and provincial buses for the first five kilometers and a P0.35 to P0.50 per-kilometer increase depending on the bus type.

The LTFRB also increased the flag-down fee for taxis and Transport Network Vehicle Services by P5. Upon effectivity of the decision, the minimum fare for taxis and sedan-type TNVS will be P45, while AUV/SUV-type TNVS will be at P55, while hatchback-type TNVS, the flag down rate will be P35 with no increase in the succeeding kilometers.

The 20% discount for senior citizens, persons with disability, and students will still be effective.

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