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DOTr: PUVs allowed to operate 70% capacity starting November 4

This should be good news for both operators and commuters

PUVs can finally operated at a slightly increased capacity on November 4. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

Remember the proposal that the Department of Transportation sent to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases? After being reviewed and approved last October 28, we finally have a definite answer from the agency about the increase in capacity for public utility vehicles. Thankfully, it’s not 100%.

Starting November 4, road-going PUVs and commuter railways can now operate at 70% capacity, with the possibility of increasing to full as time goes by. However, we’ll have to see what rules the DOTr will put in place as jeepneys and buses have a habit of overloading to carry as many people as possible.

This gradual increase will have a one-month pilot run within NCR. The DOTr will work with the relevant government units to ensure that the implementation will be done safely and properly.

Currently, public transportation has a 50% capacity limit. Eventually bringing it back to full will help drivers, operators and commuters brave the rising fuel prices.

Sam Surla

Sam is the youngest member of our editorial team. And he is our managing editor (believe it or not). He specializes in photography and videography, but he also happens to like writing about cars a lot.