Jeepneys May Be Back on the Road Soon

Traditional jeepneys or “jeeps” may soon ply the roads again as the national government works on the gradual ease of transportation restrictions, the Palace said on June 18. 

According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, jeepneys may soon ferry passengers again if the vehicles are deemed “roadworthy” and follow health standards.

"Pinag-aaralan po pero may possibility po," Roque said in a press briefing.

"Maaaring payagan ng Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) ang traditional jeepneys provided they are roadworthy," he said.

Trains, buses, and taxis have resumed operations on limited capacity as restrictions eased under general community quarantine (GCQ). However, jeepneys were still barred from transporting passengers because of social distancing guidelines and health standards.

The Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines called on the government to rethink the jeepney ban, as around 90% of drivers have no other source of income.

In early June, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said it was still reviewing possible routes for jeepneys.

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"Papayagan naman. Kaya lang inaayos pa natin ano. For example, 'yung mga ruta na pwede takbuhan 'tas ilang jeep 'yung tatakbo sa ruta na 'yon," said DOTR Road Sector Consultant Alberto Suansing.

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