VALENZUELA: NO FARE MATRIX, NO FARE HIKE
VALENZUELA CITY – The Valenzuela City government has reminded tricyle drivers to secure a fare matrix first before imposing the fare hike to its customers.
“Tricycle drivers should have the official Tricycle Fare Matrix before charging passengers the new minimum fare,” the city council said, after the Valenzuela City Transportation Office issued the approved tricycle fare matrix to all Tricycle Operators and Drivers Associations (TODAs) in the city.
Earlier, the city hall met with all TODAs to discuss the tricycle fare increase which will take effect on November 12, as stipulated in Ordinance No. 497 Series of 2018, also known as “AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 3 (C) OF ORDINANCE NO. 19, SERIES OF 2011, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS “STANDARDIZED PUBLIC UTILITY TRICYCLE FARE INCREASE.”
This decree states that P1 will be added to the base fare and another P1.50 for every kilometer, raising the minimum rate to P9 per person for regular trips.
Similarly, the Quezon City council approved an order raising the rate for special trips by P1 each, making it P18 from P16.
Senior citizens, persons with disabilities (PWDs), and students are still entitled to a 20 percent discount rate in the two cities.
Both local governments made the upward adjustment in fare rates in response to fluctuations in oil prices, as well as the excise tax on gasoline under Republic Act 10963 or Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (Train) law.
“Seven years had passed and despite the increase in fuel commodities since 2011, particularly in December 2016 when the average price for gasoline was listed at P46.30 based on the Department of Energy Oil Monitor, and the swelling demand for its services, fare in tricycles for hire has not been increased,” the ordinance reads.