Fabrega: “Do Not Pay The Higher Rate” For Taxis and Buses

Fabrega: “Do Not Pay The Higher Rate” For Taxis and Buses

Wednesday, May 04 2011 @ 06:10 PM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
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The 21% increase in the rates being charged by taxis throughout the country is not is not authorized by the Land Transit and Transportation Authority (ATTT), as reported yesterday by the director of the institution, Jorge Ricardo Fabrega. According to Fabrega, with the price of gasoline frozen at $3.99 per gallon for 91 octane gas, the government has established a price cap, so taxi drivers should not be charging the higher rates. He added that this provision has been reported to the National Transport Chamber (Canatra). Despite fact that ATTT Resolution Number 258 was published in the Official Gazette on 3 April 2011, which authorized the rate increase for both taxis and buses, taxi drivers must wait until the ATTT sets the new rates that will govern for the next five years. These rates, which will apply to taxis and buses throughout the country, will be announced in June. The ATTT has established fines for those taxi drivers who implement the increases arbitrarily, however, depending on the complaint, they might also have their certificate of operation cancelled.
ATTT WAITING FOR COMPLAINTS: Fabrega called on users to report the taxi drivers who are over charging. The complaint should contain the license plate number of the taxi, the date and time, as well as the route taken. The leader of the “Taxis Ruteteros de Panama”, Agustin Prado, said selective sector carriers are not committing any illegality, because the director has not repealed Resolution 258 which authorized the increase in rates. In his view, the 21% increase has not benefited taxi drivers because the price of fuel has risen even higher.

Agreement Established: Yesterday, the director of the ATTT and the Canatra reached an agreement that the old buses and the “Red Devils” will leave the system once the compensation has been paid to the owners. Today, it is expected that the new Metro Buses will begin operations on the Mano de Piedra – Northern Corridor route, after last Saturday the bus drivers in that area prevented the new buses from providing service. (El Siglo)

Editor’s Comment: OK, let me explain what happened. Back in the end of March gas prices started to rise again, and the bus and taxi drivers started to protest. In response the ATTT authorized a 21% rate increase that was supposed to be a temporary fix (for the drivers and bus owners) but when that was announced, the users and passengers started to protest. In response to that the government announced they had frozen the price of 91 octane gas at $3.99 per gallon and diesel at $3.80 per gallon. And, their intent was that the previously announced 21% rate hike would not happen. Well, the standard issue “juega vivo” cab drivers started to charge the higher rates anyway, basically taking advantage of the confusion. In truth and fact the cab drivers are supposed to be charging the same rates they have been charging for years, with no increase whatsoever. So says ATTT Director Fabrega. Now, the price freeze (through a government subsidy) was only for 90 days. Let’s see what happens to the price of gas by August. Are you all betterly lesser big time confused not any more now? Glad to be of assistance…

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  1. Muhtadin says:

    Speaking of traveling and going to Florida, I hopfeully can fly out of DC tomorrow first thing in morning to Key West (and why isn’t it warm there!). I have a wedding to attend Saturday. The bride’s flight was canceled for today (we are expecting eight inches in Stafford, VA area about 25 miles SW of DC).

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