September 26, 2022

Modernized public utility jeepneys are allowed to accommodate up to seven standing passengers in keeping with their approved maximum capacity.
This was clarified by the Baguio City Police Office Traffic Enforcement Unit and the City Engineering Office Traffic and Transport Management Division citing the franchise issued by the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong earlier sought clarification on the matter after complaints reached him of alleged overloading by some of the modernized units.
Some passengers complained about the PUJs’ crowded conditions and sent photos of standing passengers.
BCPO Deputy City Director for Operations and Acting TEU head Lt/Col. John Cayat and TTMD head Januario Borillo said based on the franchise issued by the LTFRB, modernized PUJs are allowed a maximum passenger capacity of 26, 19 of which are seating and seven for standing.
This includes units under the Kaaruba Transport Service Cooperative which were among the subject of the complaints.
“This cannot be regarded as overloading,” the traffic heads said. – Aileen P. Refuerzo