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 Post subject: Who Is Metering Manila Taxis
PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 1:37 pm 
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I have twice in the past month taken a yellow "airport taxi" from Manila's NAIA Terminal 3 to the same destination in Makati City. Both times the route was the same and the traffic was light. The flag fall for a yellow airport taxi is Php70.

The first fare was Php190 the second fare was Php125. Who is metering the taxis? why are the metered taxi fares for the same journey so different? and who does one report incidents like this too?


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 Post subject: Re: Who Is Metering Manila Taxis
PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:59 pm 
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The regulatory authority for airport taxis and regular taxis (and other public transport services) in the Philippines is the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB). Meters are supposed to checked periodically and sealed (tamper proofed) with an official wired seal.

If you have any complaints or suggestions you can contact the LTFRB at their Metro Manila office +63 2 426-2515 or +63 921 448-7777 or you can visit the LTFRB website and fill out a complaint form:
http://www.ltfrb.gov.ph/

Taxi meters are supposed to be wire sealed. If the seal is apparently broken then the taxi meter may have been tampered with. However, as most of these meters are now made in China, and as China products are renowned for their short life expectancy, it is highly likely that taxi meters installed more than a year ago will give different results even if they have not been tampered with.

I was recently in a taxi in Makati City where the meter showed 1.5km traveled after only 200 meters. So it is well worth staying alert and observing the meter for a few hundred meters after you get in, to see if it is working about right. It is also well worth reporting taxis where you believe the meters are faulty because some taxi operator/drivers do tamper with their meters although this is quite rare, especially with airport taxis.
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