Remember when the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) announced that operations of UV Express and traditional public utility jeepneys (PUJs) will resume this week?
Well, after officially allowing UV Express to operate across 47 routes starting today, June 29, the LTFRB stated that traditional PUJs could start picking up passengers again this Thursday or Friday.
According to LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra, they are currently finalizing the routes the traditional PUJs can travel along. Delgra added that the resumption of traditional PUJs will be gradual in adherence to the government's strict health and safety protocols.
There is no word yet as to how many traditional PUJs will be allowed to ply the roads or the exact number of routes that will be available for commuters in the coming days. However, Delgra said that there could be around 30 PUJ routes available in Metro Manila by then. Moreover, Delgra added that the 30 routes will be an addition to the 38 routes now being plied by modern PUVs. This means that there will be more routes available per city, which in turn can help the riding public get to their destinations quicker.
Like all other modes of public transportation, traditional PUJs are only allowed to have 50% passenger carrying capacity in order for commuters to follow physical distancing measures. Any traditional PUJ that fails to follow the 50% passenger-carrying capacity will net the driver/operator with fines/suspension or possible cancellation of their franchise.
With commuters still having a hard time traveling to work, the possible resumption of traditional PUJs this Thursday (or Friday) means more riding options for the public. But with COVID-19 cases continuing to rise in the country, the LTFRB said that commuters must take extra precautions while riding public transportation in order to minimize the spread of the virus.