Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade through the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has ordered the full compliance of all Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs) operators and drivers in granting a 20% Fare Discount to Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).
Memorandum Circular (MC) 2018-004 or the order on PWD fare Discount was issued pursuant to Republic Act No. 10754 or “An Act Expanding the Benefits and Privileges of Persons with Disability.”
Under the MC, PWDs can avail of the discounted fares provided they present documents such as an identification card issued by the National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons or duly authorized LGU officials.
Having a natural soft spot for the elderly and PWDs, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said the discount is a benefit guaranteed by the law.
“Napakaliit na bagay nito para sa mga kababayan nating may kapansanan. Kaya sana naman, lahat ng ating PUV operators at drivers, mula jeep hanggang taxi ay sundin ito,” said Tugade.
PWDs can also avail of the full 20% fare discount from Transportation Network Vehicle Services (TNVS), such as Grab and Uber, and taxi service, regardless of the number of his/her companions.
Violators shall be slapped with a PhP5,000 fine for the first offense, PhP10,000 for the second offense plus a six-month suspension of their Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC).
For the third and final offense, operators would have their franchises cancelled or revoked.
Under the RA 10754, the DOTR and those agencies attached under its administrative supervision and control shall issue the similar guidelines, circulars or directives related to domestic air, sea, and land transportation travel, including Light Transit, Metro Rail Transit and the Philippine National Railways.