Post-graduate students are not included in the 20 percent student fare discounts in public utility vehicles.
Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) XI Administrative Officer Edgar Violan said students enrolled in post-graduate courses such as masters and doctoral degrees, medicine, and law courses cannot avail the discounted fare as stipulated in the Memorandum Circular 2011-004 of the LTFRB.
“The public utility vehicle operators should grant fare discounts to students during school days and shall cover only those currently enrolled in preschool, elementary, secondary and college schools including academic, vocational or technical schools duly recognized by the government except those of driving schools and those taking up medicine, law, masters and doctoral degrees,” he said.
Violan said drivers and operators of the transportation companies can be sued for failure to grant discounts to students in the elementary, secondary, tertiary, and those students taking vocational and technical courses.
Violating drivers and operators will be sanctioned with 5,000 pesos for the 1st offense. For the 2nd offense, they need to pay 10,000 pesos and impoundment of their units for 1 month while on the 3rd offense, they will pay 15,000 pesos and cancelation of their franchise.
“We would like to remind drivers and operators to be courteous also and to extend grant fare discounts to those who are entitled like the students, senior citizens and persons with disabilities,” he said.
He said those entitled to the fare discounts must present their identification cards to be able to avail of the privilege.
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