Traditional PUJ not allowed yet

TRADITIONAL public utility jeepneys (PUJs) are not likely to be allowed to resume operations while Cebu City is under general community

quarantine (GCQ).

Eduardo Montealto, Jr., Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Central Visayas (LTFRB 7) director, said Friday, July 31, 2020, that traditional PUJs may be allowed to resume only if Cebu City’s quarantine status is downgraded further to modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

He said, however, that they will assess the situation and calibrate its deployment once public utility buses (PUBs) and modern public utility jeepneys (MPUJs) are no longer enough to serve essential passengers.

“MGCQ and ECQ have different levels... We don’t have students who are contributing a huge number of passenger demand. We cannot let cases escalate because of negligence,” he told SunStar Cebu in a text message.

He also said they will closely coordinate with other agencies, particularly the Department of Trade and Industry.

Traditional PUJs are allowed to operate in MGCQ areas in Cebu Province and Bohol subject to the following conditions: operators must secure a special permit, must ensure fleet management, must have valid certificate of public convenience, and must have valid passenger insurance policy.

The PUJ must pass the roadworthiness inspection of the Land Transportation Office, and must only carry half or 50 percent of its total seating capacity.

Meanwhile, all special permits issued to PUBs operating in the provinces, tourist transport service, school transport service, and shuttle service, as well as provisional authorities issued to public utility vehicles (PUVs) in the region due to the Covid-19 pandemic will be considered automatically renewed without extra fees for Aug. 1-15.

However, all MPUJs operating in Cebu Province are required to reapply for a special permit from LTFRB.

Montealto, in a memorandum issued Thursday, July 30, said this is to ensure “continuous, sustained, and unhampered public transportation” to service the country’s health care personnel and other frontliners in charge of the implementation of quarantine rules.

He said all special permits and provisional authorities will be deemed canceled after Aug. 15 unless another extension will be granted.

All PUVs without special permit will be considered colorum. (WBS)


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