LTFRB allows school transport services to resume operations, sets protocols

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 5) — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Friday said school transport services are now allowed to resume their operations in line with the return of in-person classes later this month.

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In its latest memorandum circular, the LTFRB said those with active Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC) or Provisional Authority (PA) are allowed to operate, including those with expired CPC but with pending Application for Extension of Validity to operate for the new school year.

“Transport services with expiring CPCs dating from 31 March 2022 to 31 August 2022 have been allowed to file an application for Extension of Validity, with the LTFRB waiving penalties,” the agency said.

“LTFRB will also waive penalties for school service units with pending confirmation from 31 March 2020 to 31 August 2022,” it added.

The agency explained that penalties were waived in consideration with the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to operators and drivers of school transport services.

In allowing them to resume operations, the LTFRB said school service units must have secured windows (steel-grilled), seatbelts for all passengers, working portable fire extinguisher, and “STOP” and “GO” signages to be carried by the conductor when children cross the street. Drivers and conductors must also wear prescribed uniforms.

Apart from these, COVID-19 health and safety protocols must be followed, including the wearing of face masks, checking of drivers and conductors’ body temperature, screening for any COVID-19 symptoms, and regular disinfection of frequently touched surfaces.

Operators, drivers, and conductors are reminded to comply with these rules to avoid sanctions, such as revocation of CPC and PA, the LTFRB said.

Meanwhile, the agency said it is considering opening more than 100 routes to meet the expected increase in passenger demands.

Speaking to CNN Philippines’ The Source on Friday, Education Spokesperson Michael Poa said there are already 16 million enrollees for the new school year.