WATCH: Is the Use of ‘BAWAL MATABA’ Signage a Form of Discrimination on Public Transportation?

The daily commute to and from work is tedious. Aside from the hellish traffic especially during rush hour, fighting for a comfortable seat on public transportation is a daily battle.

Now, UV Express driver and operators are apparently under fire due to alleged discrimination against overweight commuters. This is according to a news report on GMA News Online.

On the report, it was said that several UV Express vans were seen bearing signages that say “For Slim Passengers,” “Slim Only,” “2 Small,” and “Bawal Dito Mataba”.

Watch it on the news report below.

Apparently, this violates the Joint Administrative Order 20014-001 of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and Land Transportation Office (LTO). This rule protects commuters against discrimination on public utility vehicles (PUVs).

If proven guilty of violating this rule, UV Express drivers and operators can be fined P5,000 to P15,000 or their franchises can be suspended or cancelled.

Although the ultimate goal of putting these signages is good, and according to the report is to ease the burden on passengers and drivers, discrimination against passengers on PUVs is a violation.

What do you think of this? Is this discrimination?