Traditional Jeepneys are Set to Make a Return This Week

The king of the road will ferry passengers again.
Photo/s: Jerome Ascano

Traditional jeepneys will be allowed to ferry passengers again starting this week, as long as they are considered “roadworthy,” the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said on June 29. 

According to LTFRB Chair Martin Delgra, the board would release a memorandum circular on the matter either tomorrow or on Wednesday.

"Papayagan na po ang mga traditional jeepney so long as they are roadworthy. Sila po ay mapapayagan na ngayong linggo," Delgra said.

"We will emphasize again na 'yung pagbabalik ng mga traditional jeepney ay sila ay dapat roadworthy," he added.

Aside from announcing the return of traditional jeepneys, Delgra also stressed that there would be no increase in fares no matter what form of public transportation. The government is also working to aid and assist drivers and operators, he added.

Because of the community quarantine put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19, transportation services such as trains, buses, jeepneys, and taxis ceased operations. Some modes of transportation were allowed once restrictions eased, but jeepneys were still now allowed back on the road. Jeepney drivers have been out of business since March and have called on the government several times to allow them to resume limited operations.

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