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Stop paying TNVS’s priority booking fees, Solon advises the LTFRB.

MANILA, Philippines — Illegal priority booking fees should be opposed by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

Senator Grace Poe said on Tuesday that all commuters deserve unrestricted access to public transportation.

“Walang lugar ang anumang hindi makatwirang singil sa ating mga kababayang patuloy na nagigipit sa gitna ng pagtaas ng mga bilihin (Walang lugar ang anumang hindi makatwirang singil sa ating mga kababayang patuloy na nagigipit s

Poe reacted to a ride-hailing company’s social media post by providing optional extra costs for users who want to be prioritized.

Passengers can pay an additional PHP20, PHP50, PHP100, or PHP200 through the app (application), or a “custom cost” that might go up to PHP1,000.

As a result, drivers favor customers who pay priority fees over those who cannot afford to pay the higher rate.

The LTFRB issued a warning to transportation network operators in response to complaints that they should not charge more than the allowed tariff structure for transport network vehicle services (TNVS).

The LTFRB also requested a formal explanation from the ride-hailing business as to why its accreditation as a transportation network company (TNC) should not be terminated.

The agency has begun sending out “mystery riders” to ensure that TNC and TNVS operators are following the right pricing structure and terms and conditions of Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 2019-036.

The prices for TNVS are set at PHP40 for sedans, PHP15 per kilometer (km), and PHP2 per minute; PHP50 for luxury Asian utility vehicles and sports utility vehicles, PHP18 per km, and PHP2 per minute; and PHP30 for hatchbacks and subcompacts, PHP13 per km, and PHP2 per minute.

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