57 PUVs apprehended for violating social distancing directive

FIFTY-FIVE public utility jeepneys and two vans have been apprehended by authorities for violating the social distancing directive of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Central Visayas.

Eduardo Montealto, LTFRB Central Visayas director, said the figures are an accumutated number the agency apprehended from Tuesday, March 17, 2020 to Thursday, March 19.

"Kasagaran sa nadakpan, mismo ang pasahero ang nag-text sa amoa. We also have random inspection sa mga highly mobile areas sama sa Talisay City ug unahan sa Lapu Lapu City," he told SunStar Cebu.

(Most of those apprehended, passengers reported to us via text message. We also have random inspections in highly mobile areas like Talisay City and Lapu-Lapu City.)

Montealto, however, clarified that they do not conduct random inspection at night.

With only 51 LTFRB personnel tasked to implement the social distancing directive and the "no mask, no drive" policy in Cebu province, Montealto has asked the public's cooperation as a "force multiplier."

"Basta aduna lang sila'y picture sa unit, plate number, ug ang inyong gamiton nga number inyoha personal, pwede nato mapadad-an og show cause order (As long as they have a photo of the unit [of the PUV], plate number, and you are using your personal number, we can send a show cause order)," Montealto said.

The public may report violators with the LTFRB hotline 0917-704-6862.

First offense violators will have to pay P5,000 penalty; P10,000 for second-time violators, and P15,000 penalty, including 30-day suspension of franchise and 30-day impoundment of unit, for 3rd time offenders. (WBS)