By Arjay L. Balinbin, Senior Reporter
TAXI OPERATORS in Metro Manila will ask the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to permit them to extend the flag-down charge to P60 from the present P40, as drivers battle to make ends meet attributable to rising gasoline costs.
“They (taxi operators and drivers) need a rise of P20 to the present P40 flag-down charge,” mentioned Jesus Manuel C. Suntay, president of the Philippine Nationwide Taxi Operators Affiliation (PNTOA) and Quezon Metropolis congressman.
The petition will likely be filed by PNTOA “inside this week,” he advised BusinessWorld in a cellphone interview on Monday.
Gasoline retailers on Tuesday slashed gasoline and diesel costs by P5.45 and P11.45 per liter, respectively, placing an finish to 11 consecutive weeks of steadily rising pump costs.
Nonetheless, Mr. Suntay mentioned the Tuesday rollback was not commensurate with the pump value enhance applied the earlier week. Final week, gasoline retailers raised gasoline and diesel costs by P7.10 and P13.15 per liter, respectively.
“When you have a look at it, since December, I believe the rise has reached P24,” he added.
Mr. Suntay mentioned taxi operators determined to hunt a P20 enhance within the flag-down charge, because it was the quantity that “would have the bottom influence on the driving public whereas benefiting our drivers.”
In keeping with information from the LTFRB, the variety of energetic taxis plunged to 27,934 items as of October 2021 from the 50,059 taxis earlier than the strict lockdown was applied to curb the coronavirus outbreak in mid-March 2020.
As of now, Mr. Suntay estimated there are solely round 16,000 energetic taxis in Metro Manila. “Many fleet operators bought their items attributable to pandemic restrictions and driver scarcity.”
The federal government at present has a P2.5-billion gasoline subsidy program for public utility car operators and drivers. One other P2.5-billion funds is being ready for this system, in response to the Finances division. This system goals to assist a complete of 377,443 beneficiaries.
The LTFRB reported on Tuesday that greater than 108,000 beneficiaries had acquired their P6,500 gasoline subsidy.
Mr. Suntay mentioned the subsidy distribution is “too gradual.”
“The excise tax imposed on gasoline merchandise ought to be suspended. We imagine that’s the quickest means to assist the motorists,” he added.
The LTFRB can be listening to fare hike petitions from numerous jeepney and transport community car service teams. It lately denied a petition to revive the minimal jeepney fare to P10 from P9. The petitioners filed a movement for reconsideration on Monday.
The transport regulator mentioned the board is considering the federal government’s gasoline subsidy and repair contracting packages earlier than making a call on the fare hike petitions.