MODERN public utility jeepneys (MPUJs) that have been issued a special permit by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) can travel again.

Eduardo Montealto Jr., LTFRB 7 director, said he allowed MPUJs to travel under special permits following the request of local government units (LGUs) due to the increased number of passengers especially this holiday season.

“We have sent them all back. Some have returned on Friday, but this is only a special permit, not their route,” said Montealto on December 6, 2022.

The issued special permits are renewable every 10 days.

Montealto explained the special permit is allowed only because the National State of Emergency has not been lifted in the country due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

He reiterated his call to all LGUs to complete their Local Traffic Route Plan (LPTRP) so that more MPUJs will be allowed to travel routes.

Talisay City Mayor Gerald Gullas and Minglanilla Mayor Rajiv Enad had announced that the direct trip from Talisay and Minglanilla to IT Park in Cebu City has been restored.

Earlier last December 1, the LTFRB revoked the special permits of MPUJs traveling on special routes because they wanted to check which route needed to be filled.

“Everyone requested (to bring them

back) because the passengers are used to taking one ride instead of two rides. But we also urge that we speed up the LPTRP,” said Montealto.