(SPOT.ph) Pet parents know the struggle. If you don't have a car, it takes a load of patience, some begging, and a few extra pesos to convince taxi drivers to let your pets ride with you. Sometimes, jeepneys won't even stop when they see you carrying a cute dog or cat. Here's good news for pet owners out there: The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board now allows pet animals in public utility vehicles. This was announced through their Facebook page on April 26, but the memorandum was made effective on April 15.
This is an amendment to Paragraph 24 of a memorandum in 2011, which indicates that Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) operator "shall not load animals of any kind, except fowls." The move was done after groups of pet owners appealed to allow pet animals in PUV. But allowing pet animals inside buses, jeepneys, multicabs, FX, and taxis have a handful of provisions.
Make sure to remember these provisions when you commute with your pet:
- These animals are put inside carriers/cages and placed at the designated animal compartment of the PUV, should there be other passengers inside the PUV;
- If there are no other passengers, pets may be allowed to be carried by the owner as long as said animals are free from foul odor and that the owner maintains cleanliness and sanitation. Further, the possessor or pet owner shall be responsible for the damage that the pet may cause, including the cleaning and sanitation of the PUV, as may be necessary; and
- Safety, convenience and comfort of the passengers shall not in any way be sacrificed.
The first provision can be a bit tricky because you wouldn't want to put your pets inside the very hot compartment, would you? (Seriously, don't do it.) Commenters on LTFRB's page said that most PUV companies are fine with just carrying your pet and paying an extra seat to make sure that other passengers won't be inconvenienced.
Now, you can go on a date with your furbabies anytime!
For a copy of the memorandum, visit LTFRB's website.
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