Lawmakers have called for a congressional inquiry into the proposed radio frequency identification (RFID) tagging for public utility buses of the Land Transportation Office (LTO).
Reps. Rufus Rodriguez and Maximo Rodriguez, Jr. filed House Resolution 2254 directing the House Committee on Metro Manila Development to invite all the stakeholders to include the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), LTO, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Alliance of Concerned Transport Organization (ACTO), Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator (PISTON), and other agencies and entities to resolve the issue.
Rodriguez said there is a need to clarify why PISTON and other transport operators are against the RFID project, which they described as a "money-making scheme."
"While PISTON is opposing the implementation for fears that the tagging scheme will not help ease traffic congestion and would be a source of corruption, ACTO supports the RFID project," Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez said the RFID tagging scheme entails additional cost to public utility, which will eventually be passed on to commuters who will ultimately bear the brunt of increased fares. Earlier, the LTO and the DOTC proposed to implement a plan to use RFID tags to weed out out-of-line or colorum public utility buses (PUBs) as such a system -according to the LTO- will make easier identifiation of colorum units in Manila and subsequently reduce traffic.
There are currently more than 5,000 city buses and at least 8,000 provincial buses plying EDSA and other roads in Metro Manila, not including colorum buses.
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