- Fil-American vlogger Hayley Dasovich posted a video that went viral of a cab driver overcharging her
- The LTFRB apprehended the driver and said he might lose his license
- The bureau also found an unauthorized fare matrix on the cab which charges up to thousands of pesos
Here's another example of the power of social media to make or break a person's life.
This week, a taxi driver was caught on video negotiating a fixed price of P500 and refusing to use the taxi meter. It quickly went viral on social media.
Because of this, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board apprehended the driver at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 on March 16.
The driver was identified as Frederick Cayanan. He is facing investigation at the LTFRB and is in danger of losing his license for operating as "colorum".
"Based on the reports na binigay sa mga LTO (Land Transportation Office) enforcers, may prangkisa yung taxi pero hindi niya ginagamit ang metro at mayroon siyang sariling fare matrix," said Atty. Aileen Lizada of the LTFRB.
However, based on a Philippine Star report, Cayanan's franchise expired on November 21, 2017. The LTFRB will check if he filed an extension of validity.
The bureau also found Cayanan's unauthorized fare matrix on his metered cab.
The fixed rates indicated that Cayanan charges passengers P500 for a ride to Pasay City, P2,200 for Marikina-bound passengers, and as much as P6,300 to Pangasinan.
The viral video was recorded and uploaded by Hayley Dasovich, a Fil-American vlogger.
Dasovich shared how disappointed she was that the regular taxi she hailed at the airport did not use the meter and asked for a P500 fee.
As shown in the video, Dasovich insisted that the driver should turn the meter on. She also offered to give him a tip instead.
Cayanan eventually relented. However, he still kept telling Dasovich that she should understand that he should also be paid more because he waited for hours at the taxi bay.
"Next time, ate, don't take taxi there ha. We've been there for almost two hours. So we're expecting good passenger there. Out of town passenger," said Cayanan in the video.
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