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Struggle is real: DOTr asked to increase PUVs in NCR Plus

Jul 20, 2021 @ 15:09

By Billy Begas

Rizal Rep. Fidel Nograles echoed on Tuesday the public clamor for the government to allow more public utility vehicles (PUVs) to operate in Greater Metro Manila area.

“We have to acknowledge that we have an apparent supply problem in the public transportation sector and this is reflected in the daily struggle of commuters. The long lines every morning and late afternoon in key transport hubs should be a wakeup call for us,” Nograles said.

Nograles said the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), and the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) should present a clear strategy that will solve the lack of public transport options.

“As such, having a clear strategy on satisfying commuter demand for PUVs will really help in ending the daily nightmares of the riding public,” Nograles added.

He also pointed out that the limited operation of PUVs goes against the policies on social distancing and increases the risk of commuters to get COVID-19.

“And we cannot just simply apprehend drivers who allow passengers to cram in their buses since it is hard for them to stop people from embarking their vehicles. Besides, because of the insufficient PUVs on the road, some terminals and waiting sheds will be jam-packed if commuters will not be allowed to ride,” he pointed out.

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