As public transportation systems face temporary suspension for the next two weeks of MECQ in Metro Manila and surrounding provinces such as Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal, front-liners, and health workers are forced once again to find other means of getting to and from their place of work. Some have resorted to using motorcycles, bicycles, as well as in carpooling.
Meanwhile, other companies have started using their personal vans in order to transport their workforce. But what about companies that don't have shuttle vans, but wish to rent one in order to transport its workers? Well, before, they have to get a special permit from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in order for them to be allowed to operate.
Now, the government has just stated that private firms that wish to rent shuttle vans will no longer need to get a special permit. This comes after Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced that public utility vehicles that will be used by private companies for shuttle services are no longer required to have special permits amid the MECQ.
“Hinda na po kinakailangan mag-apply ng special permit ang mga pampublikong sasakyan na gagamitin ng mga pribadong kumpanya bilang shuttle service habang tayo ay nasa MECQ,” said Roque.
[It is no longer necessary to apply for a special permit for public vehicles that will be used by private companies as shuttle service while we are at MECQ]
With permits no longer required, the drivers of these shuttle services must only bring a certificate/authorization letter, along with a letter of intent from the company. The letter of intent must also show the shuttle service's route as proof that the PUV is being used by the private company to transport its workers.