Taxi drivers who refuse to convey senior citizens could face some jail time as they are violating a law, according to Rep. Angelo Palmones of the AGHAM party-list.
In House Resolution 1052, Palmones raised concerns over taxi drivers refusing to convey senior citizens due to their 20-percent discount entitlement under Senior Citizens Act 7432. In line with this, Palmones has also asked the House Committee on Transportation to investigate if other members of the transport sector are employing the same practice.
"This practice should be stopped and corrected soonest because it is a clear violation of Republic Act (RA) 7432 and the rights of senior citizens as provided by law," Palmones said.
RA 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 amended RA 7432, which was enacted on April 23, 1992. Under the law, senior citizens are entitled to a 20-percent discount on fare when using public utility buses and jeepneys, taxis, Asian utility vehicles, shuttle services and public railways like the Light Rail Transit, Mass Rail Transit and the Philippine National Railways.
To avail of the discount and privileges accorded to senior citizens, Palmones said that the only thing the law requires from them is to "submit an identification card issued by the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs, their passports, or any document to prove they are at least 60 years old."