Authorities nabbed 2 taxi drivers over fake meters

admin   •   March 29, 2018   •   6489

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

 

LTO extends validity of registration for plate numbers ending in 1

Marje Pelayo   •   February 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Motorists with vehicle plate numbers ending in 1 can rest easy for now as the Land Transportation Office (LTO) extended the validity of their registration until February 15.

The LTO said the grace period is enough for motorists to process their renewal of registration until the new deadline to avoid hassles in the future.

Inquiries on the new registration renewal process including the application for motor vehicle inspection service may be sent to LTO’s email address ltocdmpao@lto.gov.ph or through the agency’s Facebook page @ltocdmpao.

The agency can also be reached through hotline number 8822-9064.

LTO extends validity of student permits and driver’s license until March 31

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has extended the validity of student permits and driver’s licenses until March 31.

This is the third time the LTO has extended the validity of student permits and licenses of drivers and conductors due to the restrictions implemented amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The extension covers individuals aged 17 to 20 years old and individuals aged 60 years old and above since they are advised to remain at home during the quarantine period.

In May last year, the LTO extended the validity of permits and licenses up to 60 days. Then again in October, the agency further extended the validity to December 31. AAC

LTO warns public vs fake websites to prevent scams

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 6, 2020

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has warned the public against fake websites to prevent people from falling prey to scams.

In an advisory, the LTO clarified that ‘lisensya.info’ is not an official website of the agency or of the Department of Transportation (DOTr). The agency warned that these fake websites aim to get sensitive information from the public which could be used for scams and other illegal activities.

Listed below are the official websites and pages of LTO:

1. Official LTO Websitehttps://www.lto.gov.ph/https://www.lto.net.ph/
2. LTO Online Portalhttps://portal.lto.gov.ph/
3. Official Facebook Pagehttps://www.lto.gov.ph/official-facebook-page.html

BABALA: Ipinapaalam ng Land Transportation Office (LTO) sa publiko na ang website na lisensya.info ay HINDI pinapatakbo…

Posted by Department of Transportation – Philippines on Wednesday, November 4, 2020

The DOTr also reminds the public to always refer to official government websites and social media accounts. The department also warned not to provide information to unverified accounts or individuals and immediately report suspicious websites or individuals to the authorities. AAC

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