Bus operator urges LTFRB to defer implementation of no tinted windows, no curtain policy in all PUVs

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A BUS operator in Cebu is asking the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to defer the implementation of and restudy its no tinted windows, no curtain policy in all public utility vehicles (PUVs), including modern jeepneys.

Former Barili mayor Julieto Flores, chairman of the Cebu Provincial Operators Transport Cooperative, told SunStar Cebu Monday, July 18, 2022, that window tints and curtains are installed to control the temperature inside the vehicles on a sunny day.

Last weekend, the LTFRB Central Visayas (LTFRB 7), together with the Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group, apprehended some drivers who violated the order.

A fine of at least P5,000 was also imposed on the violators.

Flores said the LTFRB should review its order and conduct a consultation with the drivers and operators on the issue.

In its Department Order 2017-11, the LTFRB cited safety as the reason windows should not be tinted and curtains should be removed inside PUVs. The LTFRB is an agency under the Department of Transportation.

“Please be notified that windshields and windows for all PUVs shall not be tinted... Further, for the safety purposes of all passengers inside the unit, we would like to urge all operators to remove all curtains installed inside the vehicle,” read a portion of the notice.

However, Flores said this will only bring inconvenience to the passengers, especially now that the weather is very hot.

According to Flores, the curtains are installed in PUVs to block the heat of the sun from entering the vehicle and to maintain the cool temperature in air-conditioned PUVs.

Flores said they will seek legal remedies to stop the LTFRB from implementing the order.

SunStar Cebu reached out to LTFRB 7 Director Eduardo Montealto Jr. but received no response as of press time.

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