- LFTRB through Atty. Aileen Lizada reprimanded UV/FX drivers who announced fare increase
- LTFRB did not approve UV/FX drivers’ P 5 increase in regular fare
- UV/FX drivers can be penalized and fined for illegal fare hike
Will UV/FX express commuters soon have to pay higher fare in 2018? Most probably not, since Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LFRB) announced on Wednesday, January 10, 2017 that there will be no approved fare increase yet in any public transportation including UV/FX, bus and jeepneys, which are common non-metered public transportation in Metro Manila and nearby suburban areas.
LTFRB gave the official announcement in a DZMM interview soon after netizens posted a flyer distributed by some UV Express van drivers which circulated online, informing passengers regarding a P 5.00 increase on the regular fare of P 45.00 starting January 15 for commuters from Meycauayan, Bulacan to Quezon City.
The informational flyer stated this message:
To our valued passengers:
Please be advised that starting January 15, 2018 (Monday) our UV Express fare in going to Quezon City will increase to: P 50.00. This increase is to compensate for the increase in the prices of fuel, basic commodity, and lease. Your consideration shall be highly appreciated. Thank you.
Senior Citizen’s fare will remain at P 40.00.
Atty. Aileen Lizada, board member of LTFRB, reprimanded those UV/FX operators/drivers who announced a fare hike. The agency said that commuters should report illegal fare hike increase so they can issue a corresponding show cause order.
Any transport group who would violate this could be penalized with a minimum fine of P 5,000 to a maximum P 15,000. Aside from that, they could also be suspended, or worse comes to worst, it could cause the cancellation of their franchise, according to the Joint Administrative Order 2014-01.