Senator Jinggoy Estrada has just filed a bill that may make riding taxis in the Philippines a little less of a longshot and a lot more pleasant.
SB 2872 is the Act Penalizing the Charging of Taxi Fares which are Higher than the Official Rate, the Failure to Use the Taxi Meters or the Refusal to Carry without Cause Taxi Passengers to their Places of Destination, that carries a penalty not less than Php 5000 and not more than Php 10,000, and also a driving suspension of not less than one year and not more than five years for the driver. Succeeding violations carry a permanent disqualification from driving a public utility vehicle.
Operators of the vehicle are not spared as they will be fined not less than Php 10,000 and not more than Php 20,000, and the vehicle impounded for not less than one month and not more than six months.
The implementing agency of this bill is the Department of Transportation and Communication.