THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Saturday condemned the abuse of public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers by overcharging their passengers.
The LTFRB released the statement after Joshua Hong, a member of popular Korean pop boy group Seventeen, said he was asked to pay more than P1,000 by a taxi driver, about three times what the taxi should have charged him, when he traveled to the country to celebrate the Chuseok holiday or Korean Thanksgiving in September.
The LTFRB said it would never accept such fraud by PUV drivers on their passengers, whether local or foreign.
He reminded drivers and PUV operators to comply with agency guidelines and policies to improve public service.
“Anyone caught violating these provisions will be subject to the appropriate penalties contained in the 2014 Joint Administrative Order, such as payment of a fine and cancellation of their Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC),” said the LTFRB.
The transportation agency has encouraged the public to report such incidents via the LTFRB 24/7 hotline 1342, the agency’s official Facebook page and Facebook messenger or by email to [email protected] gov.ph.