Control over seaport fare scheme mulled

Simplicio Palanca Seaport Terminal

BACOLOD City – The Bacolod Real Estate Development Corp. (Bredco) plans to regulate the fare scheme at the Simplicio Palanca Seaport Terminal in this city.

Port manager Romeo Casela said Bredco, which manages the newly established seaport terminal, will schedule a meeting with the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) after receiving complaints that several taxi and tricycle drivers charging passengers an excessive fare rate and even require an extra pay on top of what’s indicated on the fare meter.

“Passengers were complaining about the expensive amount of fare,” said Casela.

He admitted they allow taxi and tricycle drivers to park and pick up passengers from the seaport since not all passengers have vehicles but not to collect more than the LTFRB-imposed fare rate.

“We want to stop the “contract” system. The drivers must follow a fare rate implemented by the concerned agency,” Casela said.

The port manager reiterated he doesn’t want tolerate the abusive practice of several drivers.

“We will invite the LTFRB so that they will check the licenses and tariff of these drivers because we want to stop this kind of activity for this will only discourage our tourists,” he stressed./PN


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