• MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal issued a warning to abusive taxi drivers against overcharging their passengers
  • Monreal issued the warning following the decision to allow regular taxis to pick up passengers from Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminals
  • Monreal said the passengers will be given a piece of paper that contain the name of the taxi company, plate number, operator, and the numbers which they can contact in case they need to submit a complaint

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) chief warned abusive taxi drivers on Tuesday against overcharging their passengers.

MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal issued the warning following the decision to allow regular taxis to pick up passengers from Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminals.

Joel E. Zurbano mentioned in her article for The Standard that regular white taxis can now pick up passengers at the arrival areas of all Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminals beginning Monday (July 18).

Monreal said the move was done to give passengers other option of transportation to their destination. The chief said allowing the white taxis will also address the shortage of airport-accredited transportation units.

However, Monreal gave warning to the taxi drivers that will overcharge their passengers.

“Ang instruction po namin sa taxi na pumapasok ay kailangan singilin lang po ayon sa taripa ng kanilang metro. Pinagbabawal po namin ang pagkokontrata, pag-overcharge ng mga pasahero,” said Monreal as quoted by Kiersnerr Gerwin Tacadena in an article for GMA News.

[“The instruction given to taxi drivers is to charge the passengers according to what tariff the meter suggests. Overcharging and insisting a contract is prohibited.”]

Monreal said the passengers will be given a piece of paper that contain the name of the taxi company, plate number, operator, and the numbers which they can contact in case they need to submit a complaint. The MIAA chief emphasized that allowing the regular taxis in NAIA terminals would provide passengers alternative mode of transportation.

The MIAA chief also explained that regular taxis will be allowed inside the terminal in batches.

“‘Yung mga taxi na nandito sa malapit ay inaanyayahan po namin na kung gusto nila pumila sa iba’t ibang terminal para mabigyan natin ng pagkakataon na makapili ang ating mga mananakay,” Monreal said.

[“Those taxis in nearby areas were invited if they want to pick-up passengers from different airport terminals to give the passengers options.”]