Traffic office vows to go after overcharging drivers

City Traffic Management Office encourages commuters to report drivers collecting fare beyond the approved fare matrix.

The City Traffic and Management Office (CTMO) is urging commuters to report drivers who are charging beyond the intended fare matrix.

Allan Mabella of the CTMO said that any driver who asks a passenger to pay more than the intended tariff can be reported to their office for proper action and will be subjected to a penalty at the same time.

“Puwede nila kunin ‘yung plate number ng tricycle at i-report dito sa opisina para mahanap namin,” Mabella said.

Mabella was reacting to a recent social media post of a video showing a tricycle driver berating a passenger for refusing to pay the regular fare mandated under the tariff system.

“Wala namang problema ‘yun. Basta mismong pasahero ang unang nag-alok at nakitaan siya ng pagkukusang magbayad kung magkano ang kasunduan nila. Pero kung wala naman, hindi puwede,” Mabella said.

He also noted that every driver should strictly follow the intended fare tariff at all times.

“Kung wala namang pinag-usapang kasunduan ang driver at pasahero niya, stick dapat tayo sa minimum fare na Php8.00 for the first two kilometers and Php1.25 for every succeeding kilometers,”said Mabella.

Any commuter who will be ask to pay beyond than the given matrix even if it’s just a peso, can report the driver for overcharging to CTMO. He just need to note the franchise or plate number so the agency can easily trace the vehicle. Once identified, the driver will pay a penalty of Php1,000.00 for overcharging violation.

“Basta may complainant puwedeng i-report agad para macharge ng overcharging ‘yung driver. Matandaan lang ‘yung plate or franchise number para ma-identify namin,” Mabella said.


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