Walang estudyante pag Linggo. A sign often found inside jeepneys and meant to say that students need to pay full fare rates during weekends. As a sarcastic remark, students would murmur, Bakit, yumayaman ba kami pag Linggo? (Do we become rich during weekends?).
Students, senior citizens, and PWDs are entitled to a 20% discount on PUV fares; so that if the minimum fare is P8, a student should only be paying P6.40. Sadly though, the discount is not automatically given by drivers even if the passenger is obviously a student (or a senior citizen, or a PWD – how do you even conceal these facts?). They need to remind the driver that they are any one of the three and must be allowed to pay the discounted fare. Sometimes, drivers will purposely “forget” to hand them their change; the passengers, not wanting to engage in an argument with the driver, will just shrug off the experience and hope that the next jeepney, bus, or UV Express driver is more considerate of the law.
This silent war between PUV drivers and students will finally be laid to rest beginning October 28, 2017. Yesterday, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) announced that the 20% student discount on public transportation fare must be implemented even on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. This means that even if classes are suspended or students are on vacation, they are still entitled to the government-mandated student discount on PUV fares.
This does not include students taking post-graduate studies, and those taking up medicine and law as such students are expected to already be gainfully employed and capable of paying the full fare amount.
This is good news for parents and students, but maybe not so for drivers and PUV operators who just recently staged a 2-day nationwide protest, as they sought a win-win solution for the government’s modernization of transport system program. We are interested to hear what you think of this news from the LTFRB.
To view a copy of the Memorandum Circular released by the LTFRB, visit: http://ltfrb.gov.ph/main/memorandum