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19 May 2011

Tricycle fare discount for elders, students, PWDs pushed

By CHITO A. CHAVEZ


MANILA, Philippines – Quezon City authorities asked the city’s tricycle drivers and operators to voluntarily accord senior citizens, students, and persons with disabilities (PWDs) with a 20 percent fare discount to ease their financial woes.


Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS) chief Elmo San Diego said the city government is keen on enforcing the tricycle fare discount as city hall personnel are discretely deployed near terminals to ensure that the concerned parties are provided with the privilege.


Acting on orders of Mayor Herbert M. Bautista, San Diego earlier issued a memorandum warning all tricycle drivers and operators associations that the city government will not tolerate violations of the fare discount privilege of senior citizens, students and PWDs.


San Diego said that Republic Act (RA) 9994, or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act, which clearly grants the 20 percent discount on fares must be strictly followed.


He also said that the discount privilege under Quezon City Ordinance SP-1885, Series of 2008, is still in force and must be complied with.


The DPOS chief reminded the tricycle drivers and operators in the city that the official tricycle fare rates, or discounted fares, for senior citizens, students and PWDs are: for regular trips – P5.60 per passenger for the 1st kilometer plus 40 centavos for every kilometer in excess thereof; and for special trips – P11.20 for single passenger for the 1st kilometer plus 80 centavos for every kilometer in excess thereof.


San Diego also reminded them that penalties for violations include a P5, 000 fines or six months imprisonment, or both.



Note:

PWD need to show valid PWD ID in order to get discount

Violations - penalty of P5000 and jail time 6 months or both



For more information contact

TRICYCLE REGULATORY UNIT (TRU)

City Hall Compound near Gate 6
924-14-25 / 924-14-93
tru@quezoncity.gov.ph







Acknowledgments to Mr. Chito Chavez and Manila Bulletin: Tricycle fare discount for elders, students, PWDs pushed


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