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DOTr asks LTFRB to relax the requirements in PUV modernization

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has proposed to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) the easing of  requirements in the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) to accommodate all operators and drivers.

"We are willing to bend backward, suggesting to the board of LTFRB to relax the requirements to enable drivers to adapt to the program," Transportation Secretary Bautista said.

He also reached out to PUV operators and drivers to "thresh out" issues regarding the modernization of jeepneys.

"We even offered to dialogue with drivers associations displeased with the PUVMP to explore how they can be accommodated into the program," he shared.

Bautista said the PUVMP would transform the country's road transportation system by addressing vehicle safety and quality, route network efficiency, and fleet management while providing commuters with a modern public utility vehicle that is "safe, comfortable, reliable, and efficient."

As of February 25, 2022, DOTr's data showed that at least 1,156 cooperatives, corporations, and other consolidated companies with consolidated franchises operate 98,801 PUJ units. Meanwhile, 406 consolidated entities are operating 14,289 franchised UVE units.

DOTr noted that the Office of Transportation Cooperatives had accredited 1,715 transport service cooperatives with 261,853 members, consisting of operators and drivers, as of January 2023.

"A total of 6,814 units of modern PUVs already run a total of over 400 routes, according to the transport chief," it said. —NB, GMA Integrated News