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Authorities nabbed 2 taxi drivers over fake meters

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, March 29th, 2018

The driver of this Easy taxi unit was involved in overcharging a foreign tourist using a fake tariff.

MANILA, Philippines — Personnel of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) have arrested the taxi driver who went viral on social media for contracting his Chinese passenger using a fake taxi meter.

MIAA intelligence and investigation division said that it has discovered the modus operandi of the suspect through the video posted by food vlogger Mikey Chen.

The driver allegedly charged Chen P2,300 taxi fare from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 4 to Terminal 3 last January 27.

Chen said he was able to bargain the price down to P1,500.

The suspect did not deny the allegations.

“Eh sinubukan ko lang. Isang beses lang ‘yon Sir,” said the suspect.

(I just tried it once.)

 “Pinagbigyan na kayo ng MIAA para kumuha ng mga pasahero doon kasi kulang yung yellow metered. Huwag ninyong abusuhin,” said Land Transportation and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) board member Atty. Aileen Lizada.

(MIAA gave you a chance to pick up passengers at the airport because there is a lack of yellow metered taxis. Don’t abuse it.)

The operator of the taxi was fined P100, 200 while the vehicle will be impounded for three months.

The license of the driver might be canceled or be included in the blacklist of the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

Meanwhile, a taxi driver was also apprehended for using a tampered taximeter.

Personnel of MIAA discovered the fraud when they inspected the yellow taxi.

The control was hidden under the driver’s seat.

It is a device used to speed up the taximeter.

“This is already fraud. You are employing another device para mas bumilis. You are tampering already with the meter na. ‘Yan ho ay calibrated and sealed para hindi ninyo galawin,” said Lizada.

(This is already fraud. You are employing another device to make it run faster. You are tampering already with the meter. That is calibrated and sealed so that you cannot not tamper with it.)

The yellow metered taxi will be impounded for three months and its operator will have to pay a fine of P120,000. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue

 

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MIAA mulls over permanent banning of white taxis in NAIA

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Thursday, May 9th, 2019

The facade of Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Parañaque City. (Image grabbed from commons.wikimedia.org)

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) is seriously considering to permanently ban white taxis at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

This, following the capture of the taxi driver who has gone viral on social media for overcharging two foreign YouTube vloggers.

In a phone interview on Thursday (May 9), MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal said the move will prevent complaints against abusive drivers of white taxis at the airport from multiplying.

In 2018 alone, more than 300 complaints were filed against white taxis in NAIA.

In January to April this year, MIAA has recorded at least 56 complaints against abusive drivers at the airport.

This is why on Monday (May 6), MIAA started banning white taxis from entering Terminal 1, on a two-week trial basis.

“Pagka dumating ang panahon at naging successful itong ginagawa natin sa Terminal 1, pag-aaralan naman natin ang Terminal 2 kung pwedeng ituloy. Pagka maganda ang resulta at walang naging inconvenience sa mga pasahero, gagawin natin yun [When the time comes and what we’re doing in Terminal 1 succeeds, then we’ll see if we can do it also inTerminal 2. If the result is good and there had been no inconvenience to the passengers, then we will do it],” Monreal added.

The authorities now have been encouraging passengers to ride on accredited yellow taxis, airport buses, and transport network vehicle services at the airport.

MIAA added that they will gradually rid the airport off white taxis so that passengers will not be inconvenienced further. (with report from Joan Nano) /mbmf

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DOT warns public vs transport providers using unauthorized logo

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, May 3rd, 2019

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has warned the public against transport providers using an unauthorized logo of the department.

Based on their public advisory released on Tuesday (April 30), there are transport providers that use overcharged rate cards containing the logo of the tourism department.

“The Department reminds the public that pursuant to Memorandum Circular No. 2018-03 otherwise known as “ESTABLISHMENT OF THE PROGRESSIVE ACCREDITATION SYSTEM (PAS) AND ITS IMPLEMENTING GUIDELINES”, only accredited tourism enterprises can display in a conspicuous place in their establishment the DOT Tourism Quality Seal and Accreditation Number,” the DOT advisory reads.

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) also released an advisory on the issue.

The tourism department also clarified that it does not impose tariff rates “for all the Accredited Tourism Transportation Services (i.e., yellow metered, coupon taxi, and yellow taxi stationed at the airport).”

They encourage individuals to report bogus cards to authorities.

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Airport authorities brace for Lenten week exodus

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, April 15th, 2019

File photo | Ninoy Aquino International Airport

MANILA, Philippines – The number of passengers arriving at and departing from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals remains normal on Monday, according to the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA).

The MIAA said that based on observation, the surge of passengers for the Lenten season is expected on April 17 or April 18 since most of the travelers still have work on Monday to Wednesday.

Although the airport terminal situation remains normal as of this time, The MIAA said that stringent security measures in preparation for the huge volume of passengers on Lenten break have already been implemented at NAIA terminals 1, 2, 3 and 4.

The agency said that its “Oplan Semana Santa 2019” has been imposed since April 7 and will last until April 27.

In line with the expected Lenten week exodus, the MIAA will implement tighter baggage inspection.

Departing passengers are also reminded not to include in their hand-carry luggage more than 100 milliliters (ML) of liquids, aerosol and gel (LAGs) in their flights to avoid confiscation at the final security check.

Bringing of pointed and bladed weapons is also prohibited.

Filing of vacation leave of airport personnel from April 7 to 27 were also cancelled, except for emergency situations.

The MIAA has also directed airline companies to add more personnel and check-in counters to avoid long queues of passengers. Help desks will also be set up to assist senior citizens, persons with disability (PWD) and other passengers who may need assistance.

The MIAA also coordinated with the Philippine National Police Aviation Security Group (PNP-AVSEGROUP) for the deployment of bomb and drug sniffing dogs while airport traffic personnel will assist the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in managing the traffic situation around the NAIA complex.

A two-minute waiting time in loading and unloading of passengers will also be strictly imposed along NAIA’s dropping points to avoid congestion.

Airport authorities also advised passengers to head to the airport earlier, at least three to four hours before their scheduled departure to avoid getting stuck in traffic and missing their flights. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Joan Nano)

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