Geez, a jeepney fare hike is imminent again. We passengers only got lucky because one transport group their petition.
The fare hike isnt ?0.50, not ?1, but a whooping ?1.50 peso increase. From ?7.50 to ?10 increase. Did I write 7.50? I also thought that the current jeepney fare is ?8.stock-clip.com
Is ?10 fare hike justified?
I can certainly say that most of us would say that it isnt, but let us remember that there are two sides of the coin – on the top side, the transport groups which consist of drivers and operators, while on the bottom side is the passengers. Lets also not forget the referee, the rather ambivalent LTFRB.
So why is the fare hike justified according to the transport groups?
One obvious reason why the transport groups want a fare hike is because of the constant price increase of gasoline. Diesel and gasoline products are slated to increase this week. It is due to the fear of the worsening crisis in Iraq which is the worlds no. 3 supplier of crude oil.
According to , the average earning of a jeepney driver who works 10 hours a day is 300-400 pesos. The drivers are also at risk of developing lung problems due to constant exposure of harmful gases emitted by vehicles. Would giving them a fixed salary a better solution than the boundary system?
It was since the last fare increase. According to DOE (Department of Energy), the average price increase of diesel from 2011 to 2014 is . Its no wonder why the drivers are already starting to become hot-headed.
The current jeepney fare is ?7.50 but its actually ?8 since its not common for the drivers and passengers alike to bring 50 cents with them. If the fare is increased to ?10, its now more convenient since you no longer have to keep loose change.
Well, I guess these guys have a point. Weve got a hard life to deal here in the Philippines. Naanad na man sad ta ani.
On the other hand, heres why the fare increase isnt justified:
Why not just ?1? A ?2.50 is already a 33% increase in fare. ?10 is already one cup of rice. I think it should just be ?9 and not ?10. Its as if its comfortable to ride a jeepney
When theres a major gas price drop, transport groups would just stare at us, poker face, and say the price drop is still too low, its not worth the fare reduction. But when theres a major gas price increase, they would be the first ones to cry for a fare hike.
If the jeepney isnt full yet, you have to wait 20 – 60 minutes until its full. Some drivers even smoke. And some go into a death-defying race with other jeepneys just to fetch more passengers.
Its the most obvious reason. Everything, from garlic to electricity bill, is getting more expensive. The only thing that is constant is change but it seems that change forgot to include salary as well.