After receiving numerous complains from citizens of trip-cutting jeepney drivers, Mayor Isko Moreno announced in a press conference that he will be looking to suspend the entire Baclaran-Divisoria jeepney route.
However, it won’t be the Mayor filing for a suspension to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB). Instead, he said that it will be the Manila City government itself filing a complaint to the LTFRB for the suspension of the Baclaran-Divisoria line.
For those wondering what trip-cutting is, it is when jeepney drivers cut their routes short in order to avoid heavy traffic and asking passengers to disembark even if they are still far from their destinations. The Mayor had previously warned and appealed to jeepney drivers to stop the habit of trip cutting or face the consequences.
Even if the Baclaran-Divisoria route is suspended, Moreno clarified that jeepneys from other routes may still pass through the area. He also adds that the proposed suspension would only be temporary, and would leave it to the LTFRB to decide on the duration if it is approved. Moreno says that he is not after the penalty, but rather he wants order to be restored in the city.
At the moment, Moreno said that the complaint is now being drafted following his meeting with the LTFRB. He also warned others jeepney routes in Manila such as the MCU-Blumentritt, Cubao-Divisoria, Maypajo-Juan Luna, and Faura-PedroGil routes to stop cutting trips or face the same consequence.
LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra, who was also present during the conference, said that he will hear the city’s concern.