By Che Palicte

(Courtesy of CTTMO)

DAVAO CITY – The City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) is set to deploy enforcers at the Davao International Airport (DIA) to keep unregistered taxi drivers from scamming passengers.

In a radio interview Thursday, CTTMO chief Dionisio Abude said the move would ensure that only authorized vehicles can pick up passengers and ensure that taxi drivers were not contracting passengers or overcharging them.

“We will deploy personnel to check on drivers to see if they have identification documents (ID) if their public utility vehicle (PUV) IDs are not expired, and if their PUV ID is not fake,” Abude said.

He said enforcers from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in Davao Region (LTFRB-11), Land Transportation Office-11, and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines will assist them with the initiative.

Passengers, he added, would be given a piece of paper containing information about the taxi they hailed.

“The paper will contain the complete information about the taxi, the driver, and the passenger. It will be given to the passenger, meaning that the vehicle has a meter and is allowed to pick up passengers there,” Abude said.

In a recent meeting with stakeholders, Abude said the modus operandi of some dishonest taxi drivers at the airport involves relying on a canvasser who would charge exorbitant fares.

Another scheme, he said, involves authorized airport taxi drivers offering rides at a fixed rate, while the third type employs canvassers who pose as passengers and are dropped off at the taxi lane. (PNA)