Ignored student discounts
Everyday during weekdays, students go to school and then later in the day, head back home. This makes them regular commuters, or constant costumers of passenger vehicles. They almost sustain the livelihood of drivers in that case. As such, they deserve some kind of privilege from the latter, hence the implementation of a discounted fare for students as ensured by ordinances.
But he discounted fare that students are supposed to enjoy had been rampantly ignored by drivers of passenger vehicles nowadays, making the mandate useless, and depriving the young commuters of a privilege that they so deserve. These students are not yet earning; they are just dependent upon parents and guardians and do not have, then, enough money for their mobility. The discount drivers are supposed to offer them helps them ease up their financial handicap.
Yet drivers do not seem to respect that ordinance. They still charge students with the same fare that they charge to ordinary passengers. This burdens the poor students financially due to their constant attendance in their classes. Even if, inside the vehicle, they remind the driver about the discount to claim, the driver oftentimes just ignore them, or dismiss them with arrogant words.
What is this mandate for if drivers just deliberately ignore it? Of course, majority of students just don’t mind paying the fare to avoid arguments, knowing that it’s just a matter of centavos they could claim, but the big difference there could be seen if the time they spend riding these vehicles is stretched to a month, or a year.
Students do not formally complain anymore for lack of time and resources, but it should be the authorities who should run after this erring drivers. It’s a violation of the law on the drivers’ part, so it should be addressed for the welfare of poor students.
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