Instead of celebrating, some taxi drivers and taxi groups are not happy about the recently LTFRB-approved petition for P30 to P40 flag down rate. And the reason? Because the public might prefer their competition Grab and Uber.
The new system approved by Land Transport Franchising and Regulatory (LTFRB) Board states a P40 flag down rate, P13.50 for every kilometer, and P2 per minute of travel.
Bong Ferol, a taxi driver, said in an article by ABS CBN News: “Hindi makakatulong. Pahirap pa lalo sa amin yan. Ngayon pa lang hirap na kami, lalo na pag pinatupad yan.” [That is not helpful at all, we are in a bad situation now, how much more when that takes effect.]
It is the same with the sentiments of Stop and Go Transport Coalition.
Jun Magno, president of the Coalition also stressed that the reputation of taxis was badly destroyed by the social media.
“Hindi naman lahat ng taxi driver, nagkakamali o balasubas,” he explained. [Not all taxi drivers are ill-mannered.]
He added that the increasing units of Transport Network Vehicle Services (TNVS) should be controlled and regulated so the taxis don’t get left behind.