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After return of number coding: Deploy more PUVs, TNVS on the road -TPF

The Passenger Forum - TPF

Transport advocacy group The Passenger Forum today called on the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to expedite the processes in allowing more public utility vehicles and transport network vehicle services on Metro Manila roads as the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced that they are bringing back the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP).

According to TPF Convener Primo Morillo, “We have repeatedly underscored the need to address the ballooning demand for public transport. The opening of schools and in-person classes will further increase this demand. And now, the MMDA’s announcement will also add to it. The LTFRB needs to act fast to make sure our situation will not worsen to the extreme.”

The MMDA on Thursday announced that they will now impose an additional number coding scheme from 7am to 10am aside from the 5pm-8pm restriction currently in place. TPF has been demanding for more PUVs since the first quarter of 2021.

“Some car owners that will be affected by the UVVRP, will choose to ride PUVs while others will try to book a ride-hailing service. We need to address both of them by allowing more options on the road,” Morillo added.

Morillo also explained that they are counting on the promise of LTFRB Chairperson Cheloy Garafil, aired in a live television interview, that they will deploy more public transport options on the road in time for the face-to-face classes.

“We are hoping that the government’s next steps will be sufficient for the commuting public. Our economy is losing with the state of our public transport right now and it is just right for them to accelerate the implementation of measures in addressing our transport crisis,” he said.

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