NEWS: Flexi fare ordinance in Tagum coming

oct 1

Depending on price of gasoline

TAGUM CITY- City Legal Officer Roland Tumanda bared yesterday that the proposed ordinance on flexible fare for motorcycles which he drafted following directive of Mayor Rey Uy will be taken up by the City Council this coming Monday’s session.

Atty. Tumanda said in text message that under the scheme the fare will be flexible depending on the price of gasoline in the market, and thus fare for motorcycle would be adjusted, either it will go down or go up.
The proposed flexi fare ordinance was submitted last week to the City Council. It has no session last Monday.

The measure was proposed by Mayor Uy following a week when tricycle drivers started to ask for an increased P10 regular fare from passengers after the taripas were issued by the City Land Transporation and Franchising Board starting last Sept. 19.

The Tagum City Federation of Tricycle Transport and Services Cooperative (Tafettrasco) helped in the distribution of the taripas.

The P10 fare increase, which was enacted due to absence of opposition from the public, has later sparked widespread complaints from the riding public over the high fare increase at a time of decreasing prices of gasoline.

Last August 25 the Sangguniang Panlalawigan unanimously approved Resolution No. 503 confirming the fare-increasing City Ordinance No. 305, which was also unanimously approved by the city council last July 28.Last July tricycle owners and drivers clamored for P10 fare on the ground that gasoline prices had already almost doubled from January price level. That month the price of gasoline once broke beyond P60 per liter.

They complained of daily losses due to skyrocketing prices of oil and to the unfair competition posed by thousands of colorum habal-habal single motorcycles. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)


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