ILOILO City – Taxi and tricycle drivers have been warned against arbitrarily imposing exorbitant fares.
The city government’s Public Safety and Transportation Management Office (PSTMO) received reports about opportunistic motorcycle and taxi drivers victimizing people from Guimaras.
According to PSTMO head Jeck Conlu, one passenger complained that a tricycle driver demanded P100 for a trip from the roll on, roll (ro-ro) off terminal in Lapuz district (where ro-ro vessels from Guimaras dock) to Jaro district.
Another passenger claimed a taxi driver ditched his taxi fare meter and demanded a fixed rate of P300 for a short trip from the ro-ro terminal to the downtown area.
Mayor Jerry Treñas ordered the PSTMO to arrest overcharging drivers.
He urged the public to immediately alert the PSTMO, Iloilo City Mayor’s Office and/or the city government via their respective Facebook pages.
On the other hand, the provincial government of Guimaras issued a public advisory that the fare for tricycle rides from Crossing Tico going to the ro-ro wharf in Hoskyn, Jordan is P7 only.
Since Aug. 4, people from Guimaras bound for Iloilo City have been taking ro-ro trips in Jordan.
Motorboats plying the Iloilo-Guimaras route have been grounded by the Maritime Industry Authority following the Aug. 3 capsizing of three boats at the Iloilo Strait that killed 31 people.
Tricycle drivers increasing their rates will be arrested, warned the provincial government of Guimaras./PN