The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board is not filing charges against operators of public utility vans plying the Bacolod-Silay Airport route and vice versa, of overcharging for collecting fares of P150 before its petition for fare increase is agreed, its regional director, Romulo Bernardes, said yesterday.
Bernardes said the LTFRB approved fare rate is P52, however, when he assumed office in 2011, he learned that operators are not implementing the rates, and had been collecting the P150 basic fare since the airport started its operation in 2008.
He said LTFRB is not tolerating this as technically, they are overcharging the passengers, he said.
However, he said that so far, they have not received any complaints from passengers, so, he urged the operators to file the petition to legalize the P150 fare.
“If there are complaints, LTFRB will act on it, and we will summon the operators for deliberation,” Bernardes said.
Tim Limsiaco, president of the Bacolod-Silay Airport United Transport Operations Inc., said that following the approved fare matrix of LTFRB will give them income deficits.
She said they always give passengers quality service and they also take them straight to their homes if they request for it. PUVs are also not asking for baggage fees, Limsiaco added.
Meanwhile, Bernardes also reminded the stakeholders who attended the public hearing last week to submit their consolidated position paper to the LTFRB so they can send the documents to their central office in Manila for the review and evaluation. *LTG