Policy junking dilapidated PUVs awaiting Duterte signature
(The Philippine Star) - May 9, 2017 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - The Omnibus Franchise Policy, the precursor to ridding the country’s roads of dilapidated public utility vehicles (PUV), has been finalized and is  awaiting President Duterte’s signature. 

Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) spokesperson Aileen Lizada said yesterday the policy, which will consequently lift the13-year moratorium on franchises, is set to be signed by the end of this month. 

The policy is under the umbrella PUV modernization program of the Duterte administration. 

The LTFRB has set a three-year transition plan for the program, which includes old jeepney phase-out, financing schemes, route rationalization and the granting of new franchises. 

LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra had earlier said transport officials were working on “overdrive” to roll out the program.

For the jeepney phase-out plan, the LTFRB is looking to start removing dilapidated jeepneys off the roads this year through its scrappage program. 

Delgra said they aim to rid the roads of old and non-roadworthy public utility jeepney (PUJ) units by 2020 to modernize the industry and make it more convenient and safe for the riding public.

He assured the public that the government does not only aim to get rid of the jeepneys but ensure safety on the road and comply with environmental standards.

Jeepney manufacturers are being invited by the LTFRB to get involved in the modernization program, as they may have to comply with the regulatory board’s standards.

The omnibus franchise guidelines component of the modernization program will first be issued by officials and will be used as the basis for the transport plans to be developed by local government units.

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