The House committee on transportation approved yesterday a measure that establishes bill of rights for taxi passengers that will penalizes abusive driver . A move that might end taxi passengers dilemma on consecutive news about rude taxi driver’s (Read:Viral: Another Rude Taxi Driver).
Catanduanes Rep. Cesar Sarmiento, chairman of the panel, approved the bill decreeing that passengers have the right to a licensed, sober and properly dressed taxi driver with a company identification card prominently displayed.
The measure of taxi passengers bill of rights principally authored by Reps. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Lucy Torres-Gomez and Sherwin Gatchalian, also penalizes drivers who refuse passengers and those who overcharge the meter fare or refuse issuing receipts.
The Bill of Rights for taxi passengers contains the following measures:
- The taxi’s plate number and the emergency numbers for passenger assistance should also be displayed on the vehicle’s door sidings.
- It also states that passengers have right to be picked up and transported to their stated destination regardless of the length of their journey or traffic condition, and direct the route.
- Passengers shall also have the right to pay the rate posted by a calibrated taxi meter, be given the exact amount of change, and issued a receipt.
- It also stated that passengers have the right to travel with their pets or portable mobility aid, and refuse multiple hiring or the practice of a driver accepting multiple passengers for a single journey.
- Passengers can also request a quiet atmosphere throughout the trip, and decide on the orientation of air conditioning and lighting inside the taxi.
- It says passengers are entitled to a “taxi that is clean, safe, smoke-free, and in good condition.”
Bill of rights for taxi passengers offenders will be penalized as follows:
- First offense will be fined P1,000 and their driver’s license will be suspended for seven days while
- Second-time offenders get fined P3,000 and a six-month suspension.
- For third and succeeding offenses, drivers will be fined P5,000 and a one-year license suspension.
Aside from these stiff penalties, bill of rights for taxi passengers also mandates that erring driver and operators are required to attend a seminar . Failure to do so will lead to the non-reinstatement of the driver’s license or suspension of the franchise.
With these, we are all hoping that taxi passengers bill of rights will help us again experience the convenience of travelling with a taxi.