March 18, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – The Quezon City Tricycle Regulation Unit (TRU) on Friday warned tricycle drivers in the city that they could be penalized for overcharging should they refuse to follow the 50 centavos reduction on tricycle fare implemented last month.
Transportation regulation officer 2 Daisy Dela Cruz of the city’s TRU issued the warning following complaints that tricycle drivers were insisting that a fare matrix sticker must be issued before the rollback could take effect.
Dela Cruz said the 50 centavos reduction on tricycle fare in the city should be followed even without the new fare matrix stickers.
She noted that it was written on the city ordinance lowering the tricycle fare, which was signed into law by city mayor Herbert Bautista on February 4, that “it shall take effect immediately upon its approval.”
“Iyon ang nakasulat sa ordinansa kaya iyon ang kailangan sundin ng mga tricycle drivers,” Dela Cruz said.
“Kahit wala pa iyong new fare matrix stickers ay kailangan na nila ipatupad ito,” she added.
Dela Cruz noted that any person found violating the provisions of the ordinance could face a fine of P5,000 or imprisonment of six months or both at the discretion of the court.
Due to the long process of bidding and printing the stickers, she said they could issue the new fare matrix stickers to the tricycle drivers in June.
Under the city’s new tricycle fare rates, the general riding public will now be charged from P8.50 to P8.00 for the first kilometer and an additional P1.00 for every succeeding kilometer on regular trips.
For special trips, tricycle fare is down from P17.00 to P16.00 for the first kilometer and an additional P1.00 for every kilometer thereafter.
In the same ordinance, the city government also prescribed new tricycle fare schedule for senior citizens, disabled persons and students, who are all entitled with a 20 percent discount.
Their new tricycle fare, during regular trips, will be P6.40 for the first kilometer plus 80 centavos for every kilometer thereafter.
For special trips, senior citizens, disabled persons, and students will be charged with P12.80 for the first kilometer plus 80 centavos for every succeeding kilometer.
Fourth district councilor Raquel Malañgen, who principally authored the ordinance, said the downward trend of domestic oil prices would justify the fare rollback in all tricycles for hire in the city.
Ordinance SP-2466, S-2016 or “the ordinance imposing a fare rollback in all tricycles for hire in Quezon City” was passed by the city council on third and final reading last February 1.
Dela Cruz said there are now more than 20,000 tricycles registered in Quezon City.