LTFRB launches weekly refresher course for taxi drivers

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — In an effort to improve taxi services in the metro, transport regulators kicked off a series of seminars on Saturday (January 23) which aimed to educate cab drivers on traffic rules and customer courtesy.

Rodolfo Jaucian, regional director for the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), said on Sunday (January 24) that the two-day "Taxi-Oriented Drivers' Academy" was free of charge and drivers would receive a certificate after the refresher course.

For the first weekend, 680 drivers took part and received certificates of completion.

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This developed after the House committee on transportation approved on January 20 a bill establishing the rights of taxi passengers.

The bill aims to protect the commuting public from the discourteous and unprofessional cabbies — setting quality standards for vehicles and fines for violators.

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Last January 13, a story about a cab driver who reportedly attacked a passenger with a sword caused a stir among netizens.

The LTFRB encourages taxi operators to send their drivers for the crash course, which will be held every Saturday and Sunday. Reservation of slots can be done a week in advance.

CNN Philippines' Isabella Montano contributed to this report.