Representative Sherwin Gatchalian wants your cabbie to give you your exact change

...and he wants that cabbie stripped of the right to refuse to take you to Far-view

A cabbie shaking his head and driving away because "it’s too far" has become such a part of this city’s culture that we’ve actually accepted the fact that paying extra is not a form of extortion. Valenzuela City Representative Sherwin Gatchalian thinks it is and he has authored House Bill 3681 or the "Bill of Rights for Taxi Passengers."

 

According to a report by GMA News, here are the things passengers are entitled to while inside a cab:

1. The right to a licensed driver who is properly dressed, courteous, and not under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
2. The right to ride in a clean, safe, and smoke-free taxi;
3. The right to be transported to their stated destination;
4. The right to view the metered fare and to request a receipt using a taxi meter calibrated and sealed by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB);
5. The right to be given the exact amount of change, and;
6. The right to ride a substitute taxi or be aided to get a new one in case of engine trouble or similar instances, in which payment for the flag-down taxi rate will be waived.

 

The following are the duties of a cabbie:

 

1. Display his/her taxi driver's license visibly to all passengers;
2. Indicate the taxi's plate number, operator's name, place of business, and contact number on the inside doors of the cab;
3. Display clearly the taxi passengers' rights, the process of complaint-filing, and the contact details of the LTFRB;
4. Accept all trips regardless of length;
5. Avoid violating any law or traffic regulation;
6. Refrain from using a cellular phone while in transit;
7. Provide a clean, safe, smoke-free taxi;
8. Protect a passenger's health or safety;
9. Refrain from soliciting or requiring passengers to pay more than the displayed meter fare, and;
10. Know the major routes and destinations.

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Violating these rights thrice results in a P10,000 fine, plus the suspension of the cab driver’s license and/or  certificate of public convenience of the taxi. Unfortunately, this bill has been "pending" since January 2014.

 

For more on this story, log on to GMANetwork.com.

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