LTFRB 7 catches 59 PUV drivers violating capacity limit in Cebu

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THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Central Visayas (LTFRB 7) has apprehended a total of 59 drivers of public utility vehicles (PUVs)—traditional public utility jeepneys (PUJs), modernized PUJs and buses—in Cebu City and Cebu Province for exceeding the 70 percent passenger capacity limit.

LTFRB 7 Director Eduardo Montealto Jr. told SunStar Cebu on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022 that their office has been conducting daily operations to ensure that drivers adhere to the maximum carrying capacity set by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

The violators were caught from Jan. 3 to 9, and each of them was required to pay a fine of P5,000.

Montealto said in spite of the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in Cebu City, there will be no mandatory wearing of face shields inside public transports.

The local chief executives, he said, have the prerogative to issue an order requiring the use of face shields within their jurisdictions.

A slight increase in the number of daily commuters in Cebu City is also expected in the coming days because of the Fiesta Señor, Montealto said.

The LTFRB 7 has not issued special permits for additional PUVs as it usually did in the pre-pandemic Fiesta Señor and Sinulog.

The IATF has placed the entire island of Cebu, excluding the City of Lapu-Lapu under Alert Level 2 until Jan. 15, which allows public transportation to carry 70 percent of its maximum passenger limit.

Montealto said if areas in Cebu will be escalated to Alert Level 3, the capacity of public transport will be reduced to 50 percent. (IRT)

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