Public utility vehicles (PUVs) must with limits on standing passengers under pain of P5,000-fine, the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said on Wednesday.
LTFRB board member Mercy Jane Paras-Leynes, in a television interview, said a maximum number of standing passengers has been set for PUVs “If they are caught violating or exceeding the number of maximum passengers, or disregarding the public health protocols, they may be fined P5,000 for the violation of their franchise terms,” Leynes said.
Based on Memorandum Circular No. 2022-070, passenger buses and modern public utility jeepney (MPUJs) Class 2 will be allowed to have standing passengers subject to the following conditions:
a. For Low Entry/Low FloorPUBs, a maximum of 15 standing passengers are allowed, with at least one person apart;
b. For Coach-type PUBs, a maximum of 10 standing passengers are allowed, with at least one person apart and;
c. For MPUJs-Class 2, a maximum of five standing passengers are allowed, with at least one person apart.
Leynes said the LTFRB may still change the limitations depending on the development of the COVID-19 situation in the country.