MANILA — A UV express operator was slapped with a Php 50,000 fine on Thursday for refusing to convey a person with disability (PWD), the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said.
Complainant Edwin Serrano said that last May 20, 2015, he and his disabled wife Ma. Christina were told by a UV express driver that the vehicle they were supposed to enter was already full.
The incident happened along Imus Toll Bridge Station.
Despite the seats being full as the driver said, Mr. Serrano noticed how three more passengers were able to fit inside the UV express.
The UV express that turned the passenger down had the plate number TYS 721. It belonged to operator Bobby Saulog.
A hearing on the matter was set on July 28, 2015, however only the complainant appeared while the driver arrived late.
LTFRB pointed out that refusing to convey a passenger was a violation on the terms and conditions of its certificate of public convenience (CPC).
Aside from being fined Php 50,000, the operator may also risk losing his franchise.
Meanwhile, the UV express driver identified as Jose Fernandez will have to undergo a seminar conducted by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) with proof of compliance to be submitted to the Board.
The Board said that it will also recommend the cancellation of the driver’s license to the LTO.
LTFRB board member Atty. Ariel Inton, in a statement, called out operators and drivers to prioritize the safety and welfare of passengers especially women, children, elderly and PWDs.
“Let us not forget the principle of social justice which is embedded in our Constitution. It simply says ‘those who have less in life should have more in law’,” Inton said, warning violators on penalties that come as a consequence. Azer Parrocha/ PNA/ northboundasia.com