Require all UV Express drivers to give discounts to Students and Senior Citizens
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This petition is made for student-commuters who struggle financially, like to ride in convenience in form of vans, and the only available transportation for them is the UV EXPRESS vans.
Since UV EXPRESS is sanctioned by LTFRB, they should require all UV EXPRESS drivers to give discounts to students like how they implement the discount in jeepneys and buses. It’s unfair for those who ride in UV EXPRESS van to those who use jeepneys and buses to give discounts to students who ride. Students, like us, ride UV EXPRESS vans because:
· UV EXPRESS vans are comfortable rides than jeepneys and buses.
· UV EXPRESS vans take a route that is straight to the desire destination rather than buses who just take highways, same as jeepneys. Taxis are less cheap than UV EXPRESS vans because the fare is metered or “kontrata”.
These are some of the reasons why commuters ride UV EXPRESS vans rather than other PUV classified by LTFRB.
In terms of safety, there are cases that’s been filed to UV EXPRESS vans where passengers are sexually harassed, not by the driver but by the other passengers. There are an incident 2 women are robbed and raped inside a van, while driving around Caloocan and Bulacan. The day after, they dumped the body of the victims in Sauyo Road, Quezon City. There are also stories that circulates on Facebook that they are sexually harassed by other passengers. That’s why the LTFRB responsibly post tips to identify “legitimate UV EXPRESS units” because colorum vans are not under LTFRB (“ http://news.abs-cbn.com/nation/metro-manila/06/15/16/colorum-driver-accomplice-rape-2-women-inside-van “). According to them, UV EXPRESS units are easier to track down because of the franchise that they hold in their vans.
UV EXPRESS is a license given to for vans to operate as utility vehicles, which serves as an alternative ride to buses, jeepneys, taxis or train. The franchise was owned by Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB). The concept of the UV EXPRESS is helpful to commuters since some of the routes cannot be reached by either jeepneys, buses, taxis or trains. Commuters also can ride UV EXPRESS vans straight to their destination without riding 2 or 3 more jeepeneys.
As such, we would like to request the LTFRB to require all UV EXPRESS Service drivers to give implement the 20% discount to Senior Citizens and Students as prescribed by law and as implemented in other public utility vehicles.
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