LTFRB suspends taxi allegedly involved in "chemical spray" modus operandi

The cab operator claims the driver just sprayed fabric conditioner.

Jeannette Andrade of the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has temporarily suspended the operation of Dad'z Taxi following complaints that its driver allegedly sprayed a vanilla-scented chemical inside the vehicle "to make female passengers drowsy and easier to rob or abduct."

According to the report, LTFRB suspended the taxi's franchise for 30 days after a hearing held on Wednesday (November 6) when a female complainant testified that she was a victim of the modus operandi. The woman alleged that minutes after she boarded the cab, the driver sprayed a fragrant chemical on the air-conditioning vent, which made her feel dizzy and numb afterwards. She said she only managed to escape after she told the driver to drop her off at a gasoline station.


However, the taxi's operator claimed that the driver "merely sprayed fabric conditioner on the air-con vent since the car's interior tended to smell musty whenever it rained." The LTFRB has handed the woman's complaint over to the Quezon City police for further investigation.


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