Van operators seek reduction of trip ticket

VAN OPERATORS at the Davao Overland Transport Terminal have appealed to the City Council to amend the 2017 Revenue Code.

In a petition letter, the van operators asked lawmakers to reduce the trip ticket from P75 to P50.

The petition letter was signed by Daniel Estavillo of Southbound Utility Van, Benjamin Reyes of MKATA, Medel Tabanao of MONVODA, and Romel Bajador of Victoria Terminal.

“The trip ticket will be shouldered by the drivers and not of the van operators. Therefore, a P75 per trip ticket or “arkabala” is too much to be incurred by the van drivers,” the petition letter read adding that “it is proper and deemed appropriate that a P25 reduction from the approved rate or P50 per ticket is reasonable.”

The van operators also said that they do not have representation in the public hearings as they were not organized.

“Our representation as a group was not heard during the public hearings,” the van operators said.

The group also cited that they are paying own rental fees and/or contract lease to the private landowners where they rented their terminals unlike the buses that have their own terminal.

The van operators also asked for the presence of the City Transport and Traffic Management (CTTMO) personnel at the checkpoint areas to apprehend illegal van service operating in the city.

Moreover, they also request a Board Resolution from the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) Board requiring the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to furnish them a copy of fare matrix for their prescribe franchised in order to avoid conflicts and harassment by the passenger with their drivers.

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