The Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) recently stated that passenger capacity for all Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs) within the National Capital Region (NCR) will remain capped at 70% this holiday season.
Areas that are under the Metro Manila urban transportation integration study update and capacity enhancement project such as Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal, will also adhere to the guideline.
With the daily number of Covid19 cases on a decline since last month, PUVs have been allowed to increase their passenger limits in order to accommodate more commuters.
However, the LTFRB strictly reiterated that PUV drivers and operators must not make any compromises on the minimum public health and safety standards, and warned of sanctions should any party violate these.
Meanwhile, public transportation in other regions and provinces must first achieve an over 30% Covid19 vaccination rate before being allowed to increase passenger capacity from 50% to 70%.
Furthermore, PUVs bound for Metro Manila must follow their point of origin’s capacity limit, while transportation from the Metro heading to other provinces, must comply with the destination capacity limit.
According to the memorandum circular wherein, the capacity guidelines are stipulated, these rules shall remain in effect until January 4, 2022.
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