The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has approved the increase of fares for public transportation — including jeepneys, buses, taxis, and Transport Network Vehicle Services.

The fare increase comes after the continuing rise in oil prices and petitions by public transport groups, taking effect starting October 4 or 15 days after its announcement in newspapers of general circulation.

Jeepney fares will have a minimum increase of Php 1 for the first four kilometers. The minimum base fare for traditional public utility jeepneys (PUJs) will be Php 12. For modern PUJs, the minimum base fare will be Php 14.

For succeeding kilometers, traditional PUJs will increase to Php 1.80 (from Php 1.50), while modern PUJs will increase to Php 2.20 (from Php 1.80) per kilometer.

On the other hand, city and provincial bus fares will have a minimum increase of Php 2 for the first five kilometers with an additional Php 0.35 to Php 0.50 for every succeeding kilometer, depending on the type of bus. That’s Php 13 for non-airconditioned city buses, Php 15 for air-conditioned city buses, and Php 11 for non-airconditioned provincial buses.

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For taxis and sedan-type Transport Network Vehicle Services (TNVS), the fare by Php 5. The flag down rate or minimum fare will be Php 45, while for AUV/SUV-type TNVS, it will be Php 55, and for hatchback-type TNVS, it will be Php 35.

The 20% discount for senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and students will still be effective.

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