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To operate PUV routes, 1K additional units: LTFRB

As more students and pedestrians return to the streets, approximately 1,000 extra units will operate on public utility vehicle (PUV) routes, according to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Wednesday.

This is happening as the LTFRB keeps reopening the pre-pandemic PUV routes across the nation to guarantee there is enough space for public transportation.

LTFRB chair Cheloy Garafil stated that the restoration of 133 bus, jeepney, and UV express routes in Metro Manila on Monday is just the beginning of a Laging Handa briefing on Wednesday.

“We are continuously looking into launching new routes until November when face-to-face classes are on full blast,” Garafil added in reference to the number of extra routes that will be offered by the company.

She stated that 28 of the 33 freshly reopened pre-pandemic city bus lines are running, with the remaining three still requesting their special permits.

About 3,000 municipal buses operate these 28 routes, according to her, and the LTFRB anticipates that 4,000 more vehicles will apply for special permission.

“Inaayos pa nila ang ilang dokumento sa LTO [Land Transportation Office] dahil nga marami sa kanila nakapagrehistro dalhin dalhin dalhin dalhin during the epidemic. But given that many people didn’t register their automobiles during the epidemic, they are still working on some documents at the LTO for the mga susunod na araw inaasahan po natin na may 1,000 pa or fewer. But we anticipate that more than 1,000 units will apply in these PUV routes over the next few days),” she said.

She stated that the LTFRB is still taking applications for these unique licenses.

She continued by saying that a lot of the PUVs on the jeepney and UV Express routes still require maintenance after being out of service for so long.

They have many mechanical considerations and administrative concerns that are being resolved, he said, adding, “Marami pong mga mechanical consideration at saka mga administrative na issues pa na kanilang inaayos.”

She pointed out that because these UV Express and jeepney routes just require a legal franchise, they do not have the same issues as bus routes.

In order to ensure that there are enough PUVs on the roads, she also urged the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and local government entities to desist from detaining PUVs with breaches connected to their franchise.

The easy redeployment of pre-pandemic routes was reported by LTFRB regional directors in the rest of the nation.

She said, “They are consistently interacting with operators and drivers to solve the challenges that are being raised in the public sector. Tulay-tuloy naman po ang kanilang pakikipag-ugnayan sa mga operators at saka sa mga drivers.”

Earlier, the LTFRB issued Memorandum Circulars (MC) Nos. 2022-067 and 2022-068 to permit the reopening of 32 modern and traditional UV Express routes, 68 modern and traditional jeepney routes, and 33 city bus routes.

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