LTFRB sets schedules for resealing of taxi meters

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MANILA, Philippines—The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is reminding taxi operators around the country to subject their cabs to the annual “resealing” of meters, meant to ensure their proper calibration, or risk facing sanctions.

This comes amid frequent complaints from passengers about cabs whose meters appeared to have “fast” meters that result in overcharging by drivers and operators.

“We are getting a lot of complaints so we want to make sure that taxis are charging their passengers the correct amounts,” LTFRB Board Member Manuel Iway said in an interview on Thursday.

LTFRB seals on taxi meters are an assurance that these meters are properly calibrated, ensuring that passengers are charged fairly based on government-approved rates.

Iway said taxis with plate numbers ending in 1 and 6 should have their meters calibrated in January and June every year. Those with plates ending in 2 and 7 are scheduled for resealing in February and July; 3 and 8 in March and August; 4 and 9 in April and September; and 5 and 0 in May and October.

Those that have their taxis resealed after their scheduled dates will be fined P125 for every week of tardiness. Iway said that despite the need for resealing being clearly stipulated in all taxi franchises, many operators were still unaware of the requirement.

The operators of taxis caught with tampered meters will be punished with the cancellation of their permits to operate.

“All passengers need to do is to note down the plate number and trade name of the offending taxi and call the LTFRB if they have any complaints. We will be the ones to summon the offending taxi for the needed hearings,” Iway said.

Last January, Iway said a total of 4,500 taxis were subjected to resealing. There are currently a total of 49,649 taxis in the country, based on LTFRB records. More than half, or 27,622 units, are in Metro Manila.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JTEGALGCHBTKBOYAVEZYWFQQQA Enrique

    Correction please.  LTFRB is subjecting taxis to SEMI-ANNUAL resealing and not ANNUAL, as written in this article, which in truth it seems is just a money making scheme by this agency. 

    I firmly believe that Sec. Roxas should urgently revisit and reassess this policy of LTFRB for the following reasons:

    1.  Having it done semi-annual is “pahirap” for both the operator and driver in terms of money (cost) and time.  Each resealing process requires a fee to be paid aside from the fact that the driver must line-up almost the whole day at the site (can you imagine that!).  If you are unlucky and appeared late for a few minutes, you’ll end up excluded from the quota (for those to be resealed) for that day and come back again the next week’s coding day (hence, incurring a penalty depending when it will be resealed).

    2.  If the new electronic receipt issuing meter being required by LTFRB is really fraud and tamper proof (in fact they would even damage the appearance of the car’s dashboard as they would bore holes through it just to have wire cables seal the meter), then there is no need to have the meter resealed twice a year.

    3.  The reason that there are tampered meters is because there are still taxies that have the old non-receipt issuing meter and does not comply and deliberately ignore installation thereof.  If they were able to pass the taxi registration and resealling processes despite this, well your guess is as good as mine (ika nga “nakuha sa lagay”, if you know what I mean).  Why won’t the traffic enforcers randomly flag down taxies (especially the old models) just to check if what I am saying is wrong.  I was able to ride one taxi before without the receipt issuing meter.

    If this administration is really after for a “daang matuwid”, then there is a need to make validation and make big changes in every government agency’s old policies and processes as these have been the previous administrations’ tools in their money making schemes. 

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