For demanding P2K, cabbie, boss fined P6K
The taxi driver accused by his female passenger of cursing her and demanding P2,000 from her was fined P1,000 while his employer was fined P5,000 by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
Bebiano Dapal, Jr. and his employer CATZ Taxi operator Prelyn Intervencion profusely apologized to the female passenger during yesterday’s hearing at the regional office of the LTFRB.
“Ma’am, pasayloa jud ko. Karon pa jud ko kasugat ani. Wala ko’y ikabayad sab ana kay wala na man koy trabaho (Ma’am, forgive me. I’ve been penalized only now. I can’t pay because I don’t have a job),” a tearful Dapal told the female passenger.
Dapal was suspended by Intervencion a few days after the incident.
He was penalized under Joint Administrative Order 2014-01 issued by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).
Dapal was found guilty of overcharging and being discourteous and arrogant toward his passenger.
Each of these three violations carried a fine of P5,000 each for the operator and P1,000 for the driver, or a total of P18,000.
But LTFRB-7 legal officer Edwin Antepuesto said both parties agreed to reduce the fines to P5,000 for Intervencion and P1,000 for Dapal.
The 26-year old woman said she was willing to forgive Dapal for what he did but she felt insulted after Dapal cursed her mother.
Intervencion said it was stated in the contracts with the drivers that they should be polite to passengers.
“He has been with us for three years and so far this is the first time that we received complaints against him. We are not tolerating arrogant and discourteous drivers,” the operator said.
Intervencion also advised Dapal to be more patient with his passengers. Fines will be settled at the Land Transportation Office (LTO) after a temporary operator permit (TOP) was issued.
Dapal’s driver’s license was turned over to the LTO regional office. He can only regain his license after he pays the P1,000 fine and undergoes a seminar at the LTO-7.
Photos of Dapal’s ID card and of his taxi unit were posted by the female passenger on her Facebook account along with her story of the incident.
Her Facebook post had 1,000 shares in a span of 24 hours.
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