THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) yesterday said they will soon start training local government units (LGUs) in formulating their local public transport route plan (LPTRP).
LTFRB 7 Director Ahmed Cuizon said this will modify routes or create new ones and recommend what franchises of public transport units may be opened to meet passengers’ needs.
Cuizon said that the LPTRP will ensure that national highways will be used primarily for high-capacity vehicles, such as buses, while secondary or local roads will be used mainly for public utility jeepneys (PUJs) or Filcabs.
“Yes, it will eventually lead there. The national highways will be prioritized for buses, minibuses and GT (garage to terminal) Express units,” Cuizon said.
He said PUJs will be discouraged from plying the national highways due primarily to the fact that PUJ route distance will be limited to a maximum of 15 kms.
Cebu City to Danao City or Cebu City to Carcar City is around 40 kms., meaning these will not qualify for the 15-km. limit.
With LPTRP, the municipal or city government will decide on the kind of transportation in their locality.
Aside from the transportation modernization law, the LGUs can pass resolutions to create a traffic office and to regulate the traffic in their areas, Cuizon said.
The LGUs is also in charge of the registration and accreditation of tricycles, which are mostly plying in remote areas. (EOB)