Legislator reiterates call for modernizing public transportation fares

Posted by watchmen
March 11, 2019

1-Care Partylist Rep. Carlos Roman Uybarreta released a press statement over the weekend calling for a modernized public transportation fare system that provides itemized costs for fares. The arguments laid out in the recent release are identical to a statement the congressman put out last week.

In both statements he called the current system “archaic” and “obsolete;” and drew parallels between the way the public pays for flying planes versus public utility vehicles (PUVs).

“When we book flights, we see every detail of the airfare we pay for,” he said. “We should have the same for land PUVs.”

The legislator also reiterated the optimism he had over the proposal and speculated it will be received well by Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade.

“Secretary Art Tugade and I are apparently of the same school of thought on this issue,” Uybarreta restated.

Last week, he also called for the overhaul of RA 4136, or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code, citing changes and innovations since the law was first passed in 1964.

In addition, Uybarreta wants to change the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board charter, which was introduced in 1987 via an executive order signed by then-President Corazon Aquino.

“The factors that affect fares, traffic, and public utility vehicle franchises have vastly changed since 1964 and 1987,” the congressman explained. “These two laws must be overhauled.”/WDJ


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