The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has started adjusting taxi meters in Metro Manila to implement the new fare cost, following the recent approval of the petition for the taxi fare hike. All taxi units in the Metro including Micab’s taxi driver partners took part and are set for the new pricing system.
Here are the things you need to know about the recent taxi calibration:
When is the taxi calibration implemented?
LTFRB already approved the petition to increase fare hike by the taxi industry in October last year. However, the actual implementation started on July 31, 2018. Until then, passengers should expect the change in taxi fare pricing.
How much is the taxi fare increase?
According to LTFRB’s fare hike statement release:
According to LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra III, taxi units that have been calibrated can officially charge the commuters with the new fare rates.
The calibration process for taxi drivers
For the first day of calibration and resealing of taxi meters, drivers and operators proceeded to a property owned by the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Parañaque City. The property can accommodate around 200 taxis at a time – with 21,000 taxi units in Metro Manila that need to be calibrated.
Taxi drivers need to bring the following requirements for meter calibration:
In addition, with the upgrades set by the Omnibus Franchising Guidelines, Delgra said that the taxi should have the following technologies that are similar to transport network vehicle service units:
Delgra said that once the meter standardization process for the taxi is completed, it needs to undergo a road test to ensure that the correct fare system is done. Then, a taxi calibration sticker will be released and placed on the cab’s windshield (on the top right corner) certifying the taxi unit for undergoing the LTFRB calibration process.
“What we are trying to do is upgrade the taxi service not only here in Metro Manila but in the entire country,” said Delgra. The calibration in other parts of the country is either ongoing or already finished, he added.
Delgra also warned taxi drivers who will charge passengers with the new rate without calibration. “That will be considered overcharging because the fares of the taxi should be based on the meter,” he said.
The taxi operator needs to spend a total of P1,110 per unit for the fare adjustment. This includes testing and resealing of meters, inspection of the unit, and other research fees.
With the new fare structure for taxis, it will immensely help the quality of service of the taxi drivers –upgrading the technologies for the commuters’ safety and convenience.
A reminder to the passengers: that only taxis with the LTFRB-approved stickers can implement the new fare increase! Enjoy the all-new system for taxi service in the Philippines with the right value for what you pay.
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LTFRB’s released Taxi Calibration documentation