The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board proposed to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to waive some regulatory fees imposed on public utility vehicle operators.
In a press conference on Sunday, LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III said the proposal is in response to the request of Provincial Bus Operations Association of the Philippines director Alex Yague.
“Tamang-tama lang ‘yung hiling ng grupo nila kasi under the Bayanihan 2, may pera pong allotted to DOTr for what we call critically impacted industries in the transport sector,” Delgra said.
“We proposed for LTFRB to waive certain regulatory fees for all public utility vehicles operators. We have submitted that proposal and hopefully they will be given due cause,” he added.
Aside from this, Delgra noted that the PUV operators will also receive cash and fuel subsidies from the Bayanihan 2 allotment.
Under the newly issued Memorandum Circular No. 2020-051, the LTFRB allowed only 286 buses to resume operations along 12 provincial routes to and from Metro Manila and Regions 3 and 4-A.
The South Luzon Bus Operators, however, said it will appeal to LTFRB allowing more bus units and open more provincial routes ahead of the partial resumption of their operations on September 30.
It will also call for a fare hike as 12 routes to provinces will finally open on September 30.
According to the group, operators and drivers will lose profit since buses are only allowed to accommodate 50% of their passenger capacity. —LBG, GMA News