The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) condemned the overcharging of fares on Sunday after the agency received reports of public utility bus drivers and operators doing such practices amid the Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic.
LTFRB Chairman Atty. Martin Delgra III stressed that “under no circumstances should any operator raise fares unless otherwise approved by LTFRB, as an action like this is in clear violation of the agency's policies.”
Franchise holders who will violate will be penalized under the Joint Administrative Order 2014-01, with the possibility of cancellation of Certificate of Public Convenience, among other penalties.
The LTFRB reminded all public utility vehicle operators to not take advantage of Metro Manila's current situation amid the pandemic, adding that the safety and security of the riding public must be prioritized.