THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will impose new passenger capacity for public utility vehicles (PUVs) across the country starting December 9, 2021 until January 4, 2022.

Based on memorandum circular 2021-076 issued by the LTFRB on Tuesday, December 7, 70 percent passenger capacity of PUVs in Metro Manila and in provinces included in the Metro Manila Urban Transportation Integration Study (MMUTIS) Update and Capacity Enhancement Project (Mucep), such as Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal, will be allowed.

In the regions where 50 percent passenger capacity is being observed, it can be increased to 70 percent provided they have already reached 30 percent vaccination.

The LTFRB ordered its regional offices to submit the certification of vaccination rate from their regional Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) or Department of Health (DOH) regional office in order to confirm 30 percent vaccination rate in their respective areas.

PUVs coming in from one area to another should follow passenger capacity protocols of their destinations.

The LTFRB reminded the public of the “7 commandments” in PUVs, or the health safety protocols to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19), such as the mandatory wearing of face masks, restrictions in talking and eating while inside PUVs and physical distancing.

The LTFRB also reminded PUV drivers to conduct regular disinfection of their vehicle, maintain proper ventilation and screen passengers, especially those manifesting Covid-19 symptoms. (SunStar Philippines)