A TOTAL of 30 units of modern public utility jeepneys (MPUJs) from the Lahug Apas Transport Cooperative (Latransco) are now plying the roads of Cebu City.
Latransco launched its additional units at the Ecotech Center in Barangay Lahug, Cebu City on Thursday, January 14, 2021.
Eduardo Montealto Jr., Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB)-Central Visayas director, said these additional units are set to ply the routes Lahug-Apas-Downtown Cebu City.
He said initially, Latransco deployed three MPUJ units operating within Lahug-Apas-Carbon route.
As of now, about 320 MPUJ units have already granted provisional permits to operate in Cebu, he added.
The provisional permit is renewable after 90 days, while a transport cooperative or corporation may be issued a franchise valid for seven years if they can already complete their fleet.
"Every two weeks, naay muabot (additional). Duna ta'y expected 50 more MPUJ units by January 20. Naa pay additional 100 units sa Cebu People's Cooperative ongoing ang pagbuhat og provisional permit," he told SunStar Cebu.
Montealto said only about 20 percent of the traditional PUJ operators have yet to consolidate themselves into a transport cooperative or corporation as part of the requirement for the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program.
The deadline for the PUJ operators to consolidate into a cooperative or corporation has been extended from December 31, 2020 to March 31, 2021.
"Kining mga traditional nga nagbyahe karon, mao pod ni sila ang mga nag-consolidate nga mukuha pod og mga modern (units). Mintras gahulat sila sa ilang mga modern PUJs, byahe sa ilang traditional," he added.
Unlike the TPUJs, Montealto said MPUJ units use Euro 4 engine that produce non-toxic emissions, are airconditioned, have automatic fare collection system and have provision for persons with disability and senior citizens. (WBS)