THE return of 19 traditional public utility jeepney (TPUJs) has not affected the traffic situation in Cebu City.
Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) head Alma Casimero, though, said the public should brace for more road congestion in the following weeks as more TPUJs are expected to ply the city’s streets.
“If they all pass the inspection, their presence will add to the volume of vehicles on our streets,” Casimero told SunStar Cebu on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020.
The 19 TPUJs ply the Guadalupe-Carbon and Lahug-Carbon routes. They started running on Friday, Nov. 20, after completing all requirements set by different traffic agencies.
Casimero said her office will deploy more enforcers to oversee traffic and apprehend violators.
She said enforcers will confiscate the Balik Pasada identification card of TPUJ drivers who are caught violating traffic laws.
The inspection of TPUJ units at the North Reclamation Area will resume on Nov. 23 for jeepney routes 12D, 12G and 12L (Labangon); 09C and 09G (Basak); 10C and 10F (Pardo-Bulacao) and 08F and 08G (Mambaling).
The units will be checked if they have the necessary protection like barriers pursuant to health protocols. They will also undergo an emission test.
Only if the units pass these steps will the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board issue a special permit and fare rate and the CCTO issue a travel line.
The last step is for the Jeepney Task Force to issue the Balik Pasada certificate.
Around 1,300 TPUJ drivers registered under the Balik Pasada Program of the City Government. (JJL)