The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said that around 82,000 or 35% of the 230,000 public utility jeepneys nationwide have received a copy of the new fare matrix, giving them permission to increase their fares. 

LTFRB technical division chief Joel Bolano said jeepney operators may receive their fare matrix within three days. 

He added that delays in the release of the matrix are “minimal or isolated cases.”

Moreover, LTFRB board members’ deliberation is still ongoing if they will delay the fee collection for operators who failed to comply. 

Bolano advised jeepney drivers and operators that they cannot increase their fare without the revised fare matrix. 

“We have already caught some [violating the law] nationwide and issued them tickets,” he said.

 

Ronald Espartinez