All public utility vehicles (PUV), Grab and Uber services included, must grant persons with disability (PWD) and senior citizens a 20% discount on rides—no buts, no ifs, no questions asked.
This was the directive sent out by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) yesterday. DOTr secretary Arthur Tugade urged all operators and drivers to comply with Memorandum Circular (MC) 2018-004 and Republic Act No. 10754, also known as "An Act Expanding the Benefits and Privileges of Persons with Disability."
"Napakaliit na bagay nito para sa mga kababayan nating may kapansanan," Tugade said in a statement. "Kaya sana naman, lahat ng ating PUV operators at drivers, mula jeep hanggang taxi ay sundin ito," he added, describing the discount as a "benefit guaranteed by the law."
According to the DOTr, PWDs may avail of the discount during Grab and Uber trips regardless of the number of his or her companions.
The only condition? Those looking to avail of the discount must present documents proving their disability. An example of this is the identification card issued by the National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons, the agency says.
Violators will face a P5,000 fine for the first offense and a P10,000 fine along with a six-month suspension of their certificate of public convenience for the second. A third offense will result in the revocation or cancellation of the violator's franchise.
Hopefully PUVs comply with this. And as for PWDs and senior citizens, we hope you always remember to keep your documents on you as there are sure to be plenty of unscrupulous individuals looking to take advantage of the situation.