Sen. Miriam Santiago files bill entitling taxi passengers to clean cabs and courteous drivers

This bill is long overdue.

Marvin Sy of The Philippine Star reports that Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago has proposed the creation of a bill of rights for taxi passengers so they will be protected from abusive cab drivers and operators.


The report explained that under the proposed passengers' bill of rights in Senate Bill 1206, "taxi passengers [will] have the right to a clean and smoke-free vehicle" and they can direct the route or expect the driver to take the most economical route to their destination. The bill will also require cab drivers to be courteous and display their identification card prominently inside the vehicle.


Should the bill be passed into law, errant taxi drivers will be fined "P2,000 for the first violation of passenger rights, 5,000 for the second offense and P10,000 for the third and succeeding violations as well as the suspension of their driver's license for one week."


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