More than 150 PUV drivers in Cebu City get citation tickets for overloading

THE Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) has strengthened its campaign against public utility vehicles (PUVs) that carry passengers more than their prescribed capacity.

It issued citation tickets to more than 150 PUV drivers on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, whose vehicles were overloaded.

CCTO head Raquel Arce told reporters on Thursday, November 24, that the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board allows up to five additional passengers to stand inside the PUV if the maximum capacity has already been reached, but the CCTO allows up to seven additional passengers.

However, the erring drivers they flagged were carrying 12 to 15 extra passengers, she said.

Arce said PUVs should not be too overcrowded, especially since the threat of the coronavirus disease is still around and modern jeepneys are closed and air-conditioned.

Meanwhile, Arce reminded apprehended drivers to settle their violations within three days after the receipt of the citation tickets or else face lawsuits before the court.

The violators pay a fine of P500 for the first offense, but Arce said she will have to check the prescribed penalties for habitual violators. (IRT, PJB)