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LTFRB cracks down on body shaming in public transport

This statement comes after a female passenger in Parañaque City was forced off a jeepney by the driver due to her size.
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The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) issued a stern reminder to public transport operators and drivers: discriminating against passengers based on body size or appearance is strictly prohibited.

This statement comes after a female passenger in Parañaque City was forced off a jeepney by the driver due to her size. The passenger filed a report against the driver for unjust vexation and sought assistance from the LTFRB. The agency’s legal department is currently handling the case.

The LTFRB states that body shaming and discrimination of passengers are against its policies. PUV drivers are also not allowed to double or triple the fare depending on the passengers’ physique.

The Memorandum Circular No. 2023-016 and Republic Act No. 11313 or the “Safe Spaces Act” aim to protect Filipinos in public transportation and terminals from any form of violence, regardless of gender. It also imposes penalties and fines on individuals who will be proven to have violated the said law.

Passengers who experience discrimination or unfair treatment are encouraged to file a complaint with the agency.

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