Manila, Philippines — Old jeepneys will temporarily be allowed to ply routes during the transition period as long as they pass roadworthiness standards the Department of Transportation said.
However, the DOTr clarified that the government modernization program will push through from hereon and through the coming years.
And by July 30, 2020 old jeepneys may still be allowed to ply routes provided they pass roadworthiness check under the computerized Motor Vehicle Inspection System.
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will grant operators of old jeepneys probational authority valid for one year only.
According to DOTr, alongside old unit operator’s intent in seeking PA is the necessity to file a petition for consolidation and express their intent to modernize by June 30, 2020
If they fail to file consolidation and modernization, their routes will be opened up to new operators.
“Oras na may Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program-compliant na kooperatiba or korporasyon na ang mabigyan ng prangkisa sa rutang tinatakbuhan ng lumang jeepney, automatic na makakansela and PA na binigay dito,” DOTr said.
(Once a PUVMP-compliant cooperative and corporation is given franchise to ply the routes of old jeepneys, the PA given to old unit operators will be canceled.)
As of now, only 2,595 units have been modernized since the start of PUV modernization more than two years ago.
The modernization program promotes environmental-friendly and more efficient public transport system through the replacement of old jeepney units with modern PUVs that have Euro 4-compliant diesel engines or electric motors. (Cate Pallarco/IAMIGO/CNS)