LTFRB asked to issue more permits to jeepneys

TRANSPORT leaders in Pangasinan have requested the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to allow 50 percent of the more than 3500 jeepneys in Pangasinan to be issued permits to ply their routes beginning August 2, Monday. and the other requested 50 percent to be out starting August 24 when classes for school year 2020-2021 open.

Bernard Tuliao, president of the Alliance of United Transport Organization Provincewide (AUTOPRO), conveyed this request to Atty. Annabel Nullar, LTFRB assistant regional director, when they met last Wednesday.

To date, only 550 public utility jeepneys were given special permits to operate by LTFRB, far short of the normal 3,500 jeepenys operating in the province.

The situation has forced thousands of commuters to walk to their respective destinations.

He said LTFRB will only give special permits that meet the standards set to protect commuters.

The proposed rotation scheme, about half of their number will operate from Monday to Wednesday and the other half from Wednesday to Saturday and Sunday will be declared free-for-all, he added.

The proposed rotation scheme allowing all jeepney drivers as well as the operators, to resume operations will be in effect till LTFRB grants the other 50 percent of the PUJs to be on the road starting August 24, coinciding with the opening of classes for 2020 to 2021 school year. (Leonardo Micua)

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