THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board-Central Visayas (LTFRB 7) has reminded operators of “traditional” public utility jeepneys (PUJs) in Lapu-Lapu City that they are not allowed to operate under General Community Quarantine (GCQ).
This, after the LTFRB 7 received reports that there are traditional PUJs that have resumed operations now that the city is on GCQ.
LTFRB 7 Director Eduardo Montealto Jr. said even with a registered franchise, public utility vehicles (PUV) are not allowed to operate without a special permit issued by their office.
This is in compliance with the guidelines of the Department of Transportation in relation to the implementation of the quarantine period.
Montealto said the operation of a PUV without a special permit is a “violation to the terms and conditions of franchise.”
Violators will have to pay a fine of P5,000 for the first offense.
Habitual offenders will have to pay a fine of up to P15,000 and will have their franchises revoked.
Montealto said two teams along with the Highway Patrol Group have been deployed in major thoroughfares not only in Lapu-Lapu, but in other parts of the province as well.
This is to ensure that PUVs ferrying passengers are only those that were issued with special permits.
At present, only 12 public utility buses have started their operations in Lapu-Lapu.
Montealto, though, said they have already issued 36 special permits in the city, four of which are for modern jeepneys.
Meanwhile, only 78 buses have resumed operations in northern Cebu while 73 buses have started taking passengers to and from the south.
Montealto said only few passengers are taking these buses since it has only been three days since the Province of Cebu was placed on GCQ.
A total of 111 buses were allocated for northern Cebu, while another 200 buses were allocated for the south.
Montealto said all these buses were already issued with special permits.
An area at the Sta. Lucia Square in Barangay Oriental, Consolacion town, has been temporarily assigned as the bus terminal for the north, while Cebuano businessman Bunny Pages has offered space at his popular Lantaw Native Restaurant at Cebu South Coastal Road in Talisay as a temporary terminal for the south.
Non-airconditioned buses and mini buses will ferry passengers at a reduced capacity of 50 percent in order to observe strict social distancing measures. (HBL, RTF)