Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Kelvin Christian Go | posted November 22, 2016 13:39
Reassess routes recount number of franchises
Why do you bring your vehicles (instead of taking public transportation)?
Occidental Mindoro Rep. Josephine Sato wants the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to answer this simple question by conducting a policy review of public transportation franchises and routes.
This request was made so that both agencies may find short- and long-term solutions to reduce traffic and encourage motorists to leave their private vehicles at home and take public utility vehicles on a daily basis.
“When was the last time the DOTr and LTFRB reviewed the franchise issued for public utility buses (PUBs) and public utility jeepneys (PUJs)? It is time to solve the puzzle why private motor vehicle owners continue to bring their cars despite the expected traffic. Are their destinations accessible by public transportation?” said Sato.
As our roads continue to be inundated by the number of vehicles on it, Sato wants both agencies to get the exact number of franchises it issued and test it against the number of public utility vehicles that are actually on the road.
Sato also wants PUVs to service secondary roads to reduce congestion on the main highways and perhaps cover more commuter-desired destinations.
“We should learn to use our secondary roads more to decongest our major thoroughfares. Private motor vehicles will not bring their cars and endure traffic everyday unless necessary. If their destinations can be reached by bus or jeep faster, there is no reason for them to bring their car to work,” added Sato.