₱10 jeepney minimum fare looms

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The transportation department tells jeepney drivers not to charge additional fare yet. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 17) — Jeepney passengers in Metro Manila and nearby regions may soon be charged a minimum fare of ₱10.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) confirmed this on Wednesday, but stressed that it has yet to release an order implementing the fare hike.

An LTFRB decision leaked to the media "makes permanent" the provisional increase of ₱1 that took effect in July, making the minimum fare ₱9. It also grants another ₱1 increase for the first four kilometers, hiking the minimum fare to ₱10.

"There are formalities that would make the decision official," LTFRB Chairperson Martin Delgra said. He said details may be released Thursday, including when the fare increase will be implemented.

In a statement, the LTFRB said they were saddened by the leak of the document.

"The LTFRB will release the official document after it is signed by the Executive Director and made official," it said in Tagalog.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) also reminded drivers not to charge additional fare yet.

"We request drivers to wait until the LTFRB releases the official document on the fare hike before charging any additional fare," the DOTR said in a statement.

The fare increase is expected to be implemented in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, and Calabarzon.

Jeepney drivers previously asked for a fare increase of as high as ₱4 in May, citing the steady rise of fuel prices.