Bus operators seek fare hike

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 14) — Bus operators appealed to transport authorities to increase fares amid the new tax reform law.

The Southern Luzon Bus Operators Association, Nagkakaisang Samahan ng Nangangasiwa ng Panlalawigang Bus sa Pilipinas, and Samahang Transport Operators ng Pilipinas filed a joint petition Tuesday before the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

The operators also sought a provisional fare increase, pending the approval of their petition.

Under the proposed fare hike, an ordinary bus will have a minimum fare of 13.30 compared to the current P10. Each succeeding kilometer will cost P2.45.

Meanwhile, an air-conditioned bus ride will cost a minimum of P15.95, compared to the current P12. Each succeeding kilometer will cost P2.95.

Provincial buses will also increase prices, with a minimum of P11.95 from the previous P9. Each succeeding kilometer will cost P1.85.

The petition cited that the implementation of the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion Program in January 2018, the increase in toll fees, and the increase in prices of local spare parts as reasons for the hike.

"That foregoing increases in operational costs attendant to the business of public mass transportation have effectively negated the previous fare adjustments granted and have rendered subject business non-viable, thus threatening the very survival of petitoners-members," their petition read.

The petitioners also said there has been no increase in bus fares since March 25, 2011.