TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol – The riding public have urged authorities concerned to lower down the tricycle fares plying in this city as a result of the petroleum products price rollbacks for several times this year. Some city residents expressed concern over tricycle fares that remain unchanged during the Christmas season when rollback of petroleum prices, particularly unleaded gasoline, in the province is in effect.
An existing and still in effect city Ordinance provides for PhP8 regular trike fare per passenger, it was learned. A resident, who asked not to be named, said the rollback of trike fare should be commensurate to the rollback of gasoline prices. Asked how much would be the reasonable trike fare rollback, one peso would be okay, he said. But a tricycle driver, who is operating his own tricycle unit as his only means of livelihood for a family of five, said that he won’t agree for the cutting down of trike fares. He said he’s anticipating that prices of petroleum products are to be up again after the Christmas and New Year.
It was learned that trike fare issue has yet to be tackled by the city council. But instead it tackled and approved a supplemental budget giving PhP70,000 Christmas bonus to each city hall employee, report said. Meanwhile, racket of overcharging of tricycle fares still thrives. The common areas where this racket is on going are in ICM, city airport and seaport. Some tricycle drivers charge their passenger for fivefold from these areas, according to a passenger who fall prey to this modus.
City officials and law enforcers are reportedly calling the passengers concerned to report to them the overcharging of tricycle fares. Passengers are reminded to jot down the tricycle number in reporting of fare overcharging.