Last Monday (June 29), the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) announced that 980 UV Express vans can once again ply the roads and pick up passengers in Metro Manila and neighboring provinces. Traditional PUJs, on the other hand, have yet to be allowed on public roads to ferry commuters to and from their place of work.

Come July 3, however, the LTFRB will allow traditional PUJs to resume operations and pick up passengers in Metro Manila. Per Memorandum Circular 2020 – 026, traditional PUJs can ply their existing routes without having the need for a special permit. Instead, a corresponding QR code will be issued to the operator prior to the resumption of a PUJ's operation. This must be printed and be put on display on a PUJ for everyone to see. The operator may secure the QR code by downloading it from the LTFRB website.

The LTFRB emphasized to operators that the PUJs have to be registered as 'roadworthy' with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and has to have valid Personal Passenger Insurance Policy. Moreover, the existing fare of PhP 9.00 for the first 4 kilometers and PhP 1.50 for the succeeding kilometer/s must be followed.

Traditional PUJ operators and drivers must also follow strict safety measures prior to dispatch and during operations. These include checking of body temperature, the wearing of face masks and gloves at all times by the driver, and only operating at 50% maximum passenger capacity. Passenger contact forms will also be given out to commuters for contact tracing purposes. All passengers riding traditional PUJs are also required to wear face masks before boarding.

Failure to follow with the guidelines set by the LTFRB will result in penalties such as fines, or cancellation/suspension of the Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC) or Provisional Authority (PA).

Listed below are the initial routes that have been allowed to resume starting tomorrow, July 3, 2020.

T102 Camarin - Novaliches
T103 Karuhatan - Ugong
T104 Malabon - Monumento via Letre
T105 Malabon (TP) - Navotas (TP)
T107 Monumento - Navotas via Letre
T205 Cubao - Proj. 4 via J.P. Rizal
T206 Cubao - San Juan via N. Domingo
T208 IBP Road - Lupang Pangako via Gravel Pit Road
T209 Marikina - Pasig
T210 Pantranco - Proj. 2 & 3 via Kamuning
T211 Proj. 2 & 3 - Q Mart
T212 Sucat-Highway - Bagumbayan
T213 Ayala - Pateros via JP Rizal
T215 Marikina - Pateros via Pasig
T301 A. Boni - A. Mabini via 10th Ave
T302 A. Bonifacio - D Tuazon/E. Rodriguez Ave.
T303 A. Rivera - Raon via Severino Reyes
T305 Ayala - Mantrade via Pasong Tamo
T306 Ayala - Washington
T309 Balic-Balic - Quiapo via Lepanto
T310 Balic-Balic - Bustillos via G. Tuazon
T311 Balic-Balic - Espana/M. Dela Fuente
T312 Balintawak - Frisco
T313 Balut - Blumentritt
T314 Blumentritt - North Harbor via Divisoria
T316 Boni - Kalentong JRC via Boni Avenue
T317 Dian - Libertad
T318 Divisoria - Gastambide via Morayta
T320 Divisoria - Pier North via Plaza Moriones
T321 Divisoria - Quiapo via Evangelista
T322 Evangelista - Libertad
T323 Divisoria - Velasquez
T324 Guadalupe Market - L. Guinto via Pasig Line
T326 L. Guinto - Sta. Ana
T327 Herbosa/Pritil - P. Guevarra via Tayuman
T328 Kalentong/JRC - P. Victorino via P. Cruz
T330 Divisoria - Sta. Cruz via San Nicolas
T331 Kayamanan C - PRC via Pasong Tamo
T332 L. Guinto - Zobel Roxas via Paco
T333 Lardizabal - Rizal Ave. via M. Dela Fuente
T334 Lealtad - Quiapo (Barbosa) via Lepanto
T335 Kalentong/JRC - Libertad (Mandaluyong) Nueve de Pebrero
T336 Kalentong/JRC - Namayan via Vergara
T338 North Harbor - Quiapo via Evangelista
T340 P. Faura - San Andres
T343 Quezon Ave. - Sta. Mesa Market via Araneta Avenue
T344 Crame - San Juan via Pinaglabanan
T401 Alabang - Sucat via M.L. Quezon
T402 Soldiers Hill (Phase IV) - Talon via Alvarez

With traditional PUJs set to resume operations tomorrow, they will be an addition to the already 38 routes being plied on by modern PUVs (MPUVs). This will result in more modes of transportation for the riding public. But with confirmed COVID-19 cases still on the rise, the LTFRB urges both PUJ drivers/operators and commuters to follow health and safety measures amid the pandemic.