February 01, 2017
By: Louine Hope Conserva
THE LAND Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB-6) said it is investigating complaints of alleged fare hike by a bus company.
In a report by Aksyon Radyo Iloilo, a certain Douglas complained that he was made to pay P160 for a one-way trip to Balasan town onboard a Ceres bus unit of Vallacar Transit Inc. (VTI), when the usual fare is only P153.
Lawyer Jose Marie Lamparero, LTFRB-6 spokesperson, said they have not received a petition for fare increase from VTI.
“Based on our record, only the jeepney and taxi operators filed for petition for fare increase. As to buses, there were none. Even those in the central line did not file,” Lamparero said.
He added that provided the bus company filed a petition, they still have to wait for approval before charging extra fares on passengers.
“But we will give them the benefit of the doubt. The result of the investigation will be our basis if we will issue a show-cause order and let them explain why they should not be penalized of P5,000 for overcharging,” he said.
Lamparero said he has communicated with Joseph Uyco, administrative manager of Vallacar, about the complaints but the latter told him that he has no knowledge of the issue.
Pending the investigation, Lamparero encouraged the public to file a formal complaint and their office could assist them in drafting an affidavit.
“Whether or not someone files a complaint, we will conduct our investigation regarding this case,” he said.