PUV drivers cannot collect fare increase on Oct. 3 without new fare matrix

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DRIVERS of public utility vehicles (PUVs) must post the new fare matrix from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in Central Visayas (LTFRB 7) inside their vehicles before they can implement the new fare increase on October 3, 2022.

LTFRB 7 Director Eduardo Montealto Jr. made the announcement on Thursday, September 22.

He said operators of public utility jeepneys (PUJs), whether traditional or modern, as well as taxis, whether white or yellow, need to apply for the fare matrix guide.

"If they don’t have it, they cannot increase the fare. This applies to all PUVs,” he said in Cebuano.

Montealto said they will start distributing the new fare matrix on October 1 and 2. Those who cannot show a receipt (of payment for their application) will be not given one.

Meanwhile, he said taxi operators don’t have to recalibrate their meters since only the flagdown rate will go up.

There are 6,000 taxis operating in Central Visayas, with the majority running in Metro Cebu. (PAC)