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The Puerto Princesa City Traffic Management Office (CTMO) has warned drivers of public utility vehicles in the city not to overcharge their passengers.

Allan Mabella, special operations officer of the CTMO, told Palawan News on Wednesday that their office has been receiving numerous complaints from passengers that they are not allowed to board tricycles, multicabs and vans going to far-flung areas if transport fares “are not contracted.”

“This campaign against overcharging was initially launched by the City Anti-Crime Task Force (ACTF) and we will continue what it started,” Mabella said.

He said the CTMO will put up signs in public places like malls, markets, and loading and unloading areas so passengers will know what to do in case there will be a misunderstanding with the drivers.

“The signs will have our hotline numbers which they can call to complain,” he said.

He said that aggrieved passengers should get the color, plate number, franchise number of the public utility vehicles so their owners and drivers can be tracked down.

“When we get his identity, we will summon him to the office,” Mabella said.

Drivers overcharging their passengers will be charged with a P1,000 fine.

Mabella said that drivers should follow the fare guides of their franchises.

“We will also launch an intensified education and information campaign in schools, barangays and transports groups to remind them to follow the fare guide,” he said.

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