Do you frequently take the UV Express Service to get to and from work? Hailing for a ride while on the highway might prove more difficult after the Land Transporation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) recently issued Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 2019 – 025.
With it, UV Express Service vans can now only operate by way of point-to-point (P2P). This means that all UV Express vehicles are to strictly operate from terminal-to-terminal with no stops. The new MC abolishes the old MC No. 2009 – 019, effectively banning UV Express Service vans to pick-up and drop off passengers within a 2-km radius between terminals.
According to the LTFRB, the two-kilometer radius policy meant that less and less UV Express vans were not using the designated terminals. Instead, they were constantly loading and unloading passengers while on the move, resulting in more traffic on the road. Some drivers / commuters do not even follow the two-kilomter radius rule. UV Express vehicles also take a lot longer to return to their designated terminals due to the constant stop-and-go caused by unloading and loading of passengers.
In addition, the LTFRB reiterated that under MC No. 2005 – 023, the policy that created and classified UV Express as the new PUV, are mandated to operate on a 'terminal to terminal basis with no loading / unloading in between their origin and destination.'
Any UV Express Service caught violating the new policy will result in a fine of Php 5,000 for the first offense and Php 10,000 for the second offense. On the third offense however, their franchise can either be suspended or cancelled by the LTFRB. The driver's license of the one operating the vehicle can also be suspended or revoked should they be caught doing the offense for a third time.
The LTFRB adviced the public to take alternate means of transportation should the new policy make it harder for them to get to their destinations.