More than 700 traditional jeepneys in Bacolod City could be issued interim service permits by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board to operate by January, LTFRB 6 spokesman Salvador Altura said Wednesday, November 23.
The interim service permits could be in effect until March 31, 2023, and can be extended if not all modernized jeepneys for the city are delivered by then, he said.
The LTFRB has authorized 1,099 modernized jeepneys to operate in Bacolod but so far only 173 have arrived. The modernized jeepneys in Bacolod could reach more than 500 by the end of December, Altura said.
At the end of day there is only one goal to give commuters sufficient vehicles, he said.
The traditional jeepneys will be allowed to operate in routes where there are not enough modernized jeepneys.
Meanwhile, there is a moratorium on the apprehension of traditional jeepneys with expired franchises.
However, the traditional jeepneys must register with the Land Transportation Office, Bacolod Mayor Alfredo Benitez said.*