- PUV drivers who post “Slim only” stickers on their vehicles’ front seat will be apprehended by LTFRB
- The “Slim only” sticker is deemed offensive and discriminatory
- Drivers found guilty of discriminating against passengers face a fine of up to P15,000
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will apprehend drivers of public utility vehicles (PUVs) with “Slim Only” stickers that are deemed offensive and discriminatory.
Some drivers of UV Express passenger vans post “Slim only” stickers on their vehicles’ dashboard and on the glass window of the front passenger seat; suggesting that the front seats are reserved for “slim” passengers.
An article published in MotionCars, an Inquirer motoring site, said according to LTFRB Board member Ariel Inton, the “Slim only” stickers may be considered as a franchise violation. Drivers who will be found guilty of discriminating against passengers, especially on account of their size, will be penalized.
Inton issued the warning after the LTFRB received several complaints from people who were refused a ride or to sit at the front seat because they were deemed “oversized.”
“It may sound amusing, at first, but this is clear discrimination against passengers, and this is prohibited under the Joint Administrative Order No. 2014-01 of the Land Transportation Office and the LTFRB,” Inton said in a statement.
For the first offense, the guilty driver will be fined P5,000; P10,000 for the second offense; and P15,000 for the third offense.
The LTFRB said it will field personnel to inspect PUVs and apprehend drivers who post “Slim only” stickers. Likewise, “Ladies only” policy for the front seat also violates various anti-discrimination laws in the country.
“There are passengers you give priority to, like persons with disability or senior citizens. But never discriminate based on size or physique or gender. To give priority is to accept passengers. To discriminate is to refuse them,” Inton said.
Inton urged those who have experienced discrimination from PUV drivers to call the LTFRB hotline 1342 or visit its office to file complaints.