Like jeepneys, UV express service vehicles (UVs) cut from one lane to the other and load and unload passengers anywhere.
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) plans on controlling such behavior through its issuance of Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 2019-025. This restricts the operation of UV Express Services to a point-to-point (P2P) basis, wherein drivers may no longer load or unload passengers at any point between its designated terminals.
This new memorandum is an amendment to MC No. 2009-019 which previously stated that these public utility vehicles are not limited to loading and unloading passengers at terminals, but within a 2km radius of its endpoints as well.
As stated in the memo, the policy was abolished because the Board has observed that UV drivers load and unload passengers between their route’s origin and destination, but do not utilize the indicated two-kilometer radius within terminals.
The new P2P policy will hopefully restore some order to the main roads across the Metro. However, it will surely be to the inconvenience of the riding public, who will no longer be able to board or alight UVs where they please.
Will this policy be beneficial to the riding public? Tell us what you think.