Harmonized rules on TPUJ operations eyed

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GIVEN that traditional public utility jeepneys (TPUJ) serve routes that traverse more than one city or town, the head of the Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (Team) on Friday,

Nov. 6, 2020, emphasized the need to harmonize guidelines on the resumption of TPUJ operations.

Lawyer Jamaal Calipayan, Team executive director, said it would be more practical to have the same guidelines.

By consulting with other local governments, he said they will be able to come up with ways to reduce traffic congestion without disrupting services.

Calipayan said traffic authorities from the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu met with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) officials on Thursday, Nov. 5.

He said they were still waiting for the LTFRB’s go signal. Each TPUJ is required to meet LTFRB standards first.

The LTFRB initially said 1,000 TPUJs will be allowed to resume operations in the tri-cities, which are all under modified general community quarantine, the least stringent form of quarantine against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) transmission.

Calipayan said each local government unit (LGU) may impose its own guidelines and requirements on jeepney drivers, but it would be wise to discuss these guidelines with each other.

For now, however, Calipayan said they will require the drivers to comply with the Team clearance.

He said the Team was considering the implementation of an odd and even number coding policy.

They have yet to decide how often each jeepney driver would be subjected to the RT-PCR test for the novel coronavirus.

A fare collection scheme also has to be devised since the traditional “tunol” or handing over the fare from passengers to the driver is not yet allowed.

The LTFRB has proposed plastic barriers be installed inside the TPUJs to enforce physical distancing rules. No passenger would be allowed on the front seat.

In multicabs, a one-seat-apart seating arrangement will be implemented. Passengers must not be seated across each other. / KFD