MORE or less 300 public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers were caught for overloading of passengers in Mandaue City in the first half of January 2022.

This was what Edwin Jumao-as, executive director of the Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (Team), said following their strict implementation of the 70 percent passenger capacity among the PUVs plying routes in the city.

Jumao-as said through their random checkpoints in coordination with the Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO), they have been able to catch an average of 15 to 20 PUV drivers daily since Jan. 1.

The executive director also stressed that majority of those who were issued with citation tickets were traditional jeepneys.

Citing the rise of Covid-19 cases in the city, as well as in the neighboring cities of Cebu and Lapu-Lapu, Jumao-as said they have been prioritizing the compliance of health protocols, particularly the social distancing inside the PUVs.

Meanwhile, Jumao-as also shared that there were five PUV drivers who were caught for not following their original routes since Jan. 1.

“They try to ply routes where they can get many passengers,” he said.

Jumao-as said they were also able to impound several motorcycles in the same span of time, for having no license and registration.

He, however, could not give the exact data yet as of this writing.

The Team executive director emphasized that drivers who will be caught for overloading of passengers, cutting trips and having no registration and license will be fined with P1,000.