The House of Representatives has approved on the third and final reading House Bill 7774 or the “Bill of Rights of Taxi, Tourist Car Transport Service and Vehicle for Hire Passengers” last Monday (Oct. 8).
Under the House Bill 7774, the passenger has the right to be served by a driver who is dressed properly, as operators should always ensure that their drivers wear the prescribed uniform and company identification card (ID) at all times while on duty.
Provisions of the bill include right of passengers to be picked-up and transported to any destination “regardless of the length of the journey or traffic condition by any available on duty driver”; right to be served by a courteous driver, who is not under the influence of alcohol and dangerous drugs; and taxi drivers must display their current motor vehicle inspection report (MVIR) issued by the Land Transportation Office (LTO).
Taxis must also use a right fuel system and their vehicles should be well-maintained.
The vehicle for hire (VFH), according to the bill, should also have a functioning automatic door lock system. The central lock system must be disabled to allow the passenger to open the doors without the interference from the driver.
Taxi drivers who would violate any of the provisions of the Act shall be fined Php 1,000 to 5,000, and suspension of their driver’s license for seven days to one year. Erring operators shall be subjected to a fine ranging from Php 5,000 to Php 15,000, and are liable to the misconduct of the driver. Both drivers and operators must also undergo mandatory education seminar.