At least 500 more old-school jeepneys can hit the roads again to ferry more passengers as the country slowly eases into the new normal after months of quarantine, the transportation department announced Thursday.
In compliance with Memorandum Circular 2020-064, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board will allow 507 public utility jeeps to service 4 additional routes starting Friday. No fare increases will be slapped on any of the new routes.
Here are the new jeepney routes opening on Oct. 30:
- T266 Parang – Recto
- T267 Parang – Stop & Shop via Aurora Blvd.
- T268 Recto – SSS Village via Aurora Blvd., Espana Blvd.
- T3171 Libertad – Pinagbarilan
With this, a total of 29,734 traditional jeepneys are back on the road in 340 routes.
In lieu of a Special Permit, a QR code obtained from the LTFRB website and printed on bond paper must be displayed inside the unit.
Passengers, drivers, and opetors are advised to follow the 7 Commandments for commuters to ensure their safety while on the road:
- Face masks plus face shields must always be worn
- Talking with other passengers or on the phone is prohibited
- Eating is not allowed
- Public utility vehicles must have proper ventilation
- Frequent disinfections must be done
- Passengers with symptoms are barred from riding
- Riders must sit one seat apart.
Anyone who violates the provisions of the memorandum circular are subjected to fines and revocaiton of their certificate of public convenience.