The P30 flag-down rate is effective today, March 19.
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has started the implementation nationwide except in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
The LTFRB lengthened the distance from 300 meters to 500 meters but shortened the waiting time from 120 seconds to 90 seconds. The succeeding rates were placed at P3.50.
In Baguio City where the flag-down rate is also P30, the rates for every succeeding 400 meters is P2.00 and another P2.00 for the waiting time per 60 seconds.
Airport taxis have a flag-down rate of P60 for the first 500 meters; P4 for every succeeding 500 meters after the first 500 meters; and P4 for the waiting time per 90 seconds.
The LTFRB also noted that the P30 flag-down rate is effective even if a taxi cab's meter has not yet been calibrated and sealed according to the new fare structure.
The board also set a schedule for the resealing of taxi meters: Plate numbers ending in four, nine and two in April; five, seven and zero in May, and one, three, six and eight in June.
Taxi operators who fail to have their meters recalibrated shall be fined P5,000.
[Photo: Inquirer/Richard Reyes]