QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) held a calibration and reseal of taxi meters on Tuesday (July 31) to ensure accurate fares are charged.
Around 50 taxi cab drivers were accommodated for the activity held at a vacant lot in Paranaque City.
During the process, the agency initially checks the taxi meters. If found defective, the unit will be returned to its operator for fixing.
The LTFRB said only those that underwent the process will be allowed to impose the fare increase.
As of October last year, taxi fares have been adjusted with the flag down rate set at P40, the first kilometer at P13.50, and the per minute travel time is P2.
For taxi drivers and operators interested in applying for meter recalibration, they have to fill-out a calibration form, submit the necessary documents and undergo the evaluation process.
The LTFRB also requires the cabs to be app-based, to install CCTV, GPS device, and a dashboard camera.
But if they are yet to have these gadgets, the LTFRB is giving the operator two months upon calibration to comply with these upgrades.
The LTFRB will conduct the taxi meter calibration and reseal from Mondays to Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.which will run until November this year. – Joan Nano / Marje Pelayo