Richard Cabucos, president of Metro Cebu Taxi Operators Association (MCTOA) who sympathized with the drivers, told LTFRB 7 Acting Director Rey Elnar that the drivers agreed to reduce the flagdown rate from P40 to P30.
said the taxi drivers found it unreasonable for LTFRB
to increase the distance from 300 to 500 meters because it will also reduce the taxi drivers' income.
For example, Cabucos
said, a cab driver can expect to get P100 from a passenger going from Cebu City to Mactan Airport.
But if the taxi driver will have no passenger in going back to Cebu City, he
has only P100 for the 20-km. round trip.
said that granting his
unit consumes one liter of gasoline for every 10 kms., he
would need two liters for the round trip.
At P36 per liter, the two liters will be P72, which only gives the driver an income of P28.
said that if the round trip between Cebu City and the airport is four hours considering the traffic in Mandaue City, the driver will only have an income of P28, which is equivalent to a half day of work.