The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has ordered all Utility Vehicle (UV) Express Service franchise holders to strictly operate on a point-to-point basis at their designated terminals on the route specified in their Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC).
This developed after the Board issued Memorandum Circular Number 2019-025, which amended MC No. 2009-019, specifically on the two-kilometer radius policy. The MC took effect on May 16, 2019.
Under the previous circular, UV Express operators were not compelled to load and unload their passengers at the terminal, and instead, were allowed to pick-up (load) and/or drop off (unload) their passengers within two kilometer radius from their end points, specified in their CPCs or within the territorial bounds of the commercial/business district specified in their approved franchise.
However, the Board has observed that because of the two-kilometer-radius policy, most UV Express Services are not actually using their designated terminals. This has resulted to the rampant practice of loading and unloading of passengers in between their origin and destination.
The Board emphasized that under the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP), operators were required to establish and identify their terminals at both ends of the route specified in their CPCs and shall strictly operate on a point-to-point basis.
It should be noted that when the UV Express Service was first created and classified as such under MC No. 2005-023, it was already provided that the service shall operate on a terminal to terminal basis with no loading/unloading in between their origin and destination.
Meanwhile, DOTr-Caraga Acting Regional Director Engr. Nordy L. Plaza, CESO IV has ordered the LTFRB Law Enforcement Unit to intensify the crackdown against violators, which he observed, usually use the national highway in front of FSUU gym in Butuan City as loading/unloading areas for Cabadbaran-, Kitcharao-, and Bayugan-bound UVE passengers.
Director Plaza also identified Ochoa Avenue and Montilla Boulevard as drop-off areas for UVE vans from Nasipit, Agusan del Norte.
He warned that violators will be penalized with a fine of PhP5,000.00 for the operator and PhP 1,000.00 for the erring driver, and repetition of the offense may lead to higher fines and even the suspension or cancellation of franchise for habitual offenders. PR