Jeepney drivers and operators have three more months to consolidate fleets for the government’s public utility vehicle modernization program after the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board extended the deadline to March 31 next year.
The LTFRB said, “The existence of quarantine protocols made it difficult for the concerned grantees of [certificate of public convenience] to file applications for consolidation.”
It extended the deadline for filing of applications for consolidation in compliance with the PUV Modernization Program “due to their clamor and after considering the present circumstances.”
The Department of Transportation launched the program back in June 2017 in a bid to restructure and “modernize” PUVs still tied to the traditional boundary system.
Fleet consolidation encourages smaller transport operators to merge and form a cooperative to oversee the operation and maintenance of PUVs.