Fuel price rollbacks block tricycle fare hike
BAMBANG, Nueva Vizcaya (4 October) -- The continuing rollback of fuel prices in the international market influenced local legislative actions for the proposed fare hike by tricycle drivers in this town.
On Monday (October 2), majority of the municipal board here, voting 8-1 decided for the retention of a status quo on the existing fare at P8.00 by some 3,000 tricycle drivers here who earlier submitted a petition for a P1.00 fare increase.
The municipal board also turned down the tricycle drivers’ justification for a fare hike on the rising prices of spare parts, saying “spare parts are not a daily requirement for them.”
“Most of the members of the municipal board are the same in their conviction that the fare hike petition was not on the right timing to be granted as of the moment since fuel prices continue to dive,” said councilor Lucito Agaran, chair of the board’s committee on transportation.
Since last week, tricycle drivers here have pressured local officials through intermittent stoppage of their daily work hoping to get an approval on their petition.
But students, government and private employees retaliated on the tricycle drivers’ action by refusing to ride on some of them and preferred to walk on the streets.
The passengers also submitted a counter-petition asking for a P1.00 fare decrease due to the series of rollback on the prices of fuel in the country.
“We cannot really justify a fare increase as of the moment vis-à-vis with the general welfare code. But this petition can still be revived depending on the situation that would prevail later,” said councilor Bobet Ngabbu. (PIA NVizcaya) [top]