As early as 2004, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has been studying the feasibility of phasing-out public utility jeepneys (PUJs) that are 15 years or older.

Since taxis, buses and school services are already in the process of modernizing their fleet, it simply makes sense that older PUJs also do the same.

The major transport strike by the Alliance of Concerned Transport Organizations (ACTO) last Monday struck a chord with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) prompting the board to clarify the issue of the phasing-out of PUJs.

LTFRB chairman Winston Ginez said that there was no definite date yet as to when the PUJ phase-out would be implemented and certainly no policy regarding the matter has been issued.

Many factors will have to be considered including disposal of old PUJs, and if there will be financial packages for operators to make it easy for them to acquire new jeepneys, according to LTFRB Board Member Ariel Inton Jr.

The Board plans to sit down with ACTO in order to address this issue in order to make the phase-out as painless and seamless as possible.