LTFRB opens CPC for PUVs not older than 3 years

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 26) — Operators of public utility vehicles (PUV) not more than three years old can now apply for a certificate of public convenience (CPC), the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said.

Only new vehicles bought or issued in the year of the CPC application, or those purchased a year before, were previously eligible for the certificate.

The issuance of Memorandum Circular No. 2022-072 has allowed the LTFRB to accept applications from older vehicles, it said in a statement on Monday.

"[Ito ay] bilang konsiderasyon sa hiling ng mga PUV operator na apektado ng COVID-19 pandemic [This is in consideration of the request of PUV operators affected by the COVID-19 pandemic]," transportation authorities said.

However, PUV operators can only secure a CPC for such vehicles until June 30, 2023.

For years, the LTFRB has been pushing for the modernization of public utility vehicles, and as a consequence the phasing out of old units.

Some transport groups, however, expressed disapproval of the policy, saying it would further burden operators and drivers as some of them may not have the financial capacity to buy new vehicles.