Capitol scraps P5 fee for terminal

Posted on October 30, 2012

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PASSENGERS at the Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT) will no longer be charged the P5 terminal fee starting Nov. 1.

Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia said she scrapped the fee based on appeals of allied Cebu legislators and mayors of Talisay City, Naga City, and Sibonga in the 1st district.

The P5 bus terminal fee was an election issue in the 2010 local election, arising from complaints of rural commuters in south Cebu.

Garcia said she will study hiking fees for buses entering the terminal instead.

“We are looking at other fees which we have not increased since five years ago… especially since, we see these constant complaints of undercharging by the bus liners,” she said.

The province earns P1.5 million a month from the passenger terminal fees, she said.

Garcia said even with the agreement signed by bus operators on the implementation of the uniform bus fare by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB)- 7, some bus operators undercharge or collect lower than authorized fares because of tight competition between bus companies.

The lifting of the fee has been approved by the Economic Enterprise Council (EEC) and will take effect on Nov. 1.

Jose Ma. Gastardo, Capitol consultant, said they are looking at charging P5 for the use of toilets in the terminal. At present, there’s only one toilet near the entrance beside a big mall which they charge for use.

The Capitol collected the P5 terminal fee from passengers since 2009 after the terminal was re-opened with a new air-conditioned waiting area, TV sets, lounge seats and toilets./ Correspondent Carmel Loise Matus

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