The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Monday October 25 asked the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to increase the seating capacity of Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs) from the current 50 percent.
During a consultative meeting of the Senate finance sub-committee ‘K’ chaired by Senator Grace Poe with DOTr officials led by Arthur Tugade, lawyer Mark Steven Pastor, assistant secretary for road transport and infrastructure, said they have already written the iATF recommending the increase of seating capacities of PUVs.
Pastor did not say up to how many percent should the increase be but DOTr wants it increased to 100 percent.
He stressed that the DOTr is ready to defend this during a meeting at IATF this Thursday.
Based on a medical literature, this increased seating capacity is a step in addressing demands for fare increases because passengers have nothing to do with increases in the prices of oil products.
Senators Nancy Binay and Imee Marcos noted that the maximum 50 percent seating capacity is not being followed as jeepneys and buses are always full.