The Department of Transportation (DOTr), through the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has launched the PUV Driver's Academy at the LTFRB main office in Quezon City. The establishment of the PUV Driver's Academy was spearheaded by DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade; aimed to provide PUV drivers with seminars and trainings to re-familiarize them with basic road safety, driving, and traffic rules and regulations.

“Secretary Tugade aims for this Drivers' Academy to become a very good venue for PUV drivers to be reminded of the basic traffic rules and regulations. But, this time they should learn it by heart as thousands of public transport commuters depend on them,” Orbos said.

Orbos added that it is imperative that all PUV drivers follow basic road rules and know the various traffic signs to be able to bring their passengers to their respective destinations safely. The department said that this program would help avoid accidents as well as ease traffic congestion on the roads.

According to the LTFRB, around 100 PUV drivers participated during the initial training seminar. There, they were lectured on basic road safety, traffic rules and regulations, and refamilarizing of various traffic and directional signs. Certificates of completion will be given to PUV drivers who completes the one day training seminar conducted by instructors and resource personell from the LTFRB.

The LTFRB will be requiring PUV drivers to present or submit the certificate for the renewal of their licenses and franchises. The PUV Driver's Academy seminar training is set to be introduced in LTFRB regional offices nationwide.