Transport groups seek to hike jeepney fare to ₱12

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Five transport groups are pushing for an increase in the minimum jeepney fare from ₱9 to ₱12 in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, and Calabarzon. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 10) — Five transport groups are pushing for an increase in the minimum jeepney fare from ₱9 to ₱12 in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, and Calabarzon.

This should cover the first four kilometers, while ₱2 should be charged for every succeeding kilometer instead of the current ₱1.50, the petitioners said in a motion filed before the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board on Wednesday.

The petitioners argued that the price of diesel is set to increase to ₱47 since the third and final tranche of excise taxes takes effect this year.

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The prices of spare parts, tires, and batteries have increased, resulting in additional expenses for jeepney drivers, owners, and operators, they also noted.

They added that fuel prices could further increase once tensions between the United States and Iran affect local oil supply, but the Department of Energy has said this is not likely.

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While their request is ongoing, the transport groups want the minimum fare to be reverted to ₱10, noting that the previous order to reduce the fare to ₱9 was just provisional.

Petitioners include the Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines, Liga ng Transportasyon at Opereytor sa Pilipinas, Alliance of Concerned Transport Organizations, Alliance of Transport Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines, and Pasang Masda.