The Association of Accredited Driving Schools of the Philippines Inc. has appealed to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to postpone the implementation of the cap on driving lesson fees, Unang Balita reported on Friday.
According to the group, it was not clear in LTO's memorandum circular if the price cap also covers driving lessons using expensive cars.
The group requested for the LTO to set a different maximum fee price for premium vehicles.
The LTO, however, said the implementation of the cap on driving lessons will push through on April 15 because it cannot disregard the complaints from the public against expensive rates.
The cap is formalized under the LTO-issued Omnibus Guidelines on the Accreditation, Supervision, and Control of Driving Institutions, and the Standardization of Driver and Conductor’s Education.
For motorcycle driving, the maximum total prescribed rate is P3,500—P1,000 for theoretical driving course (TDC) and P2,500 for practical driving course (PDC).
For light vehicle driving, the maximum total prescribed rate is P5,000—P1,000 for theoretical driving course (TDC) and P4,000 for practical driving course (PDC).
Previously, there was no maximum rate set for driving school fees, according to LTO chief Jay Art Tugade. Some schools were reportedly charging up to P20,000.
The LTO also lifted the moratorium on applications to open driving schools starting March 23. —Joviland Rita/KBK, GMA Integrated News