Is the choosy taxi driver’s stranglehold on the Filipino commuter finally coming to an end? If the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board’s (LTFRB) latest data is anything to go by, then yes, it finally is.
According to the government agency’s Public Assistance and Complaints Desk (PACD), the number of taxi drivers who refuse passengers is down by almost 50% in 2018 compared to the year prior: That’s 2,133 ‘nangongontrata’ taxi drivers in 2017 to just 1,123 recorded cases from January to November of this year.
The LTFRB made the announcement on Facebook, with the post accompanied by a video of its ‘Anti-Isnabero’ campaign. You can check out the footage in the embedded post below.
Under Joint Administrative Order No. 2014-01, taxi drivers who refuse passengers will be fined P5,000 for the first offense; P10,000 and impounding of vehicle for 30 days for the second offense; and P15,000 and cancellation of the certificate of public convenience for the third and subsequent offenses.
If this data is correct, this is very good news. Just in time for the Christmas season, too. Have you encountered fewer unscrupulous taxi drivers as well? Or have you given up on taxis completely and switched to other modes of transportation?