MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has announced that a total of 980 UV Express units will start operating on Monday (June 29) along 47 routes in and out of Metro Manila.
Under the guidelines set by LTFRB through Memorandum Circular No. 2020-025, all routes are strictly terminal-to-terminal only, meaning, drivers are not allowed to pick up or drop off passengers along the way.
UV Express units are not allowed on EDSA and Commonwealth Avenue except to cross.
Fare rate shall remain at P2 per kilometer, according to the memorandum. and that no fare adjustment shall be applied unless approved by the agency.
Additionally, the following are salient provisions stated in the guidelines in relation to health protocols imposed by the national government in response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic:
- Operators must regularly examine a driver’s fitness to work, checking their body temperature and screening for symptoms of COVID-19.
- Wearing of masks and gloves at all times is mandatory to all drivers and conductors.
- Strictly “No Face Mask, No Ride” for commuters.
- Exact fare shall be paid prior to boarding the PUV or operators/drivers may devise any fare collection system such as use of a fare drop-off to minimize/prevent transmittal of COVID-19.
- Strictly two (2) passengers per row with passengers seated one seat apart.
- Impermeable barriers must be installed to seal off the driver’s compartment and between rows of seats that are less than one (1) meter apart.
The guidelines for UV Express operations are in line with the “gradual, calibrated and calculated approach” of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) on the resumption of public transportation in Metro Manila amid the general community quarantine (GCQ).
According to LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra, failure to comply with the guidelines may warrant the imposition of fines and suspension or cancellation of their franchise.