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LTFRB to crack down on illegal fare hike

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) yesterday warned public utility vehicle (PUV) operators against increasing fares without approval from the board.

The LTFRB issued the warning following reports that UV Express vans plying the Bulacan-Manila route increased fares due to the supposed increase in fuel prices.

“Let this be a warning for all PUV operators, you need to file a petition for a fare hike before any increase may be granted,” LTFRB spokesperson Aileen Lizada said.

She cited Joint Administrative Order 2014-01, which imposes a P5,000 fine on PUV operators for the the first offense of unauthorized fare hikes.

The fine is increased to P10,000 for the second offense and the vehicle will be impounded for 30 days. Subsequent offenses would merit a P15,000 fine and the cancellation of the vehicle’s franchise. 

Lizada said there is no pending fare hike for UV Express vehicles. LTFRB data show that there are 22,645 authorized UV Express units under 20,998 franchises in the country.

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