“Roadworthy” traditional jeepneys can resume its operation again this week, said the head of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Monday.
According to LTFRB Chair Martin Delgra, the regulating body will issue a memorandum circular on the resumption of operations of “roadworthy” jeepneys either on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Delgra said in a virtual press briefing, “Papayagan na po ang mga traditional jeepney so long as they are roadworthy. Sila po ay mapapayagan na ngayong linggo.”
(Traditional jeepneys deemed roadworthy can resume operations this week.)
“We will emphasize again na ‘yung pagbabalik ng mga traditional jeepney ay sila ay dapat roadworthy,” he added.
(The return of traditional jeepneys should be limited to the roadworthy ones only.)
The government has slowly allowed the resumption of public transportation services in phases after Metro Manila and other urban hubs to a more relaxed general community quarantine. The government initially allowed limited operations of trains, buses, taxis, ride-sharing services, and modern jeepneys.
On Monday, UV Express units also resumed operations with 980 units allowed to ply roads.
However, traditional jeepneys are the last option in terms of public transport based on the government’s system due to difficulties in implementing minimum health standards such as physical distancing.
Delgra also assured the public that there will be no fare hikes for public transportation as he assured vehicle drivers and operators that the government is finding ways to help them with their income.
“We will not increase any fare of whatever modes [of transportation],” Delgra said.
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