By Alexandria Dennise San Juan
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will strictly implement the point-to-point operation of UV Express Service units, prohibiting drivers to pick up and drop passengers in between endpoints.
“Strictly point-to-point. More specifically, terminal to terminal. In numerous occasions, UV Express [drivers] have been dropping and loading passengers in between terminals which is not allowed,” LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra III said Friday.
Delgra signed earlier this month the LTFRB Memorandum Circular (MC) 2019-025 amending a 2009 memo to cancel or abolish the two-kilometer radius from endpoints of UV Express Service which most drivers failed to comply.
Memorandum Circular 2009-019 provides that UV Express Services are not compelled to load and unload passengers at a terminal.
Instead, they are allowed to pick-up and/or drop-off passengers within the two-kilometer radius from their endpoints specified in their franchises.
However, the Board noted that most UV Express Services do not comply with the circular and continue to load and unload passengers in between points of origin and destination.
“The Board has observed that because of the provision of two-kilometer radius policy, most UV Express Services are not actually utilizing their designated terminals, and the rampant practice of loading and unloading of passengers in between their origin and destination,” the LTFRB memo dated May 15 read.
Apart from canceling the two-kilometer radius policy, the Board also ordered all UV Express Service “to strictly operate on a point-to-point basis at their designated terminals on the route specified in their CPCs (Certificate of Public Convenience).”
According to the LTFRB, this complements the guidelines set under the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) requiring operators, including UV Express Services, to establish and identify their terminals at both ends of their approved routes and to operate on a point-to-point basis.
The agency noted that under a 2005 memorandum, UV Express was reclassified as the “New PUV” which shall operate on a “terminal to terminal basis with no loading or unloading in between their origin and destination.”
The memorandum signed by LTFRB Chairman Delgra, and Board Members Ronaldo Corpus and retired Gen. Antonio Gardiola Jr., is effective May 16.