LTFRB-Davao requires PUJs to secure special permits to operate

Published May 18, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Ivy Tejano

DAVAO CITY – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in Region 11 (LTFRB 11) urged public utility jeepney (PUJ) operators and drivers to secure special permits before going back on the streets.

(Keith Bacongco / MANILA BULLETIN)
(Keith Bacongco / MANILA BULLETIN)

LTFRB-Davao Regional Director Armand B. Dioso made the call based on an office circular on the opening of routes in Davao City under the general community quarantine (GCQ).

Dioso told the Manila Bulletin that failure to comply with the requirements set by the LTFRB may result in a fine of P5,000, or cancellation of the operator’s Provisional Authority (PA) or Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC).

As of Monday, May 18, there were already more than 300 PUJ drivers who have acquired the special permit, Dioso said.

He added that that issuance of the permit shall take effect on May 16 and shall continue to be valid for the duration of the GCQ period, unless sooner amended or lifted.

“Jeepney drivers will be given special permit as long as they will comply all the requirements. There is no limitation on the numbers of PUJ drivers who will be given permit unless if the City Government of Davao will provide an order to limit it,” Dioso said.

Dioso said drivers and operators will be able to acquire special permits by submitting, among other requirements, photos of the PUJ fitted with transparent barriers for passengers to comply with physical distancing requirements

He also said that they were able to implement the special permit following the GCQ since no one was allowed to go outside during the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). He also clarified that drivers can apply for a permit via:

The LTFRB-Davao also encouraged the 8,000 public utility jeepney drivers/operators in Davao to follow the health protocol-strictly, implement social distancing guidelines and proper hygiene-to ensure safety for everyone. Of the 8,000 jeepney drivers, only 3,000 were listed under the TUPAD program.