‘No loading, unloading’ policy for UV vehicles in Makati suspended for 3 months
MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) lifted the “No Loading, Unloading” policy for UV Express Service Vehicles in Makati until November.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Makati City government said that UVs may now drop passengers along designated loading and unloading areas in the Makati Central Business District (CBD) instead of the implemented point-to-point scheme under LTFRB Memorandum Circular No. 2019-025.
Makati Mayor Abby Binay said that the policy’s suspension will last until November to study the situation and assess possible suggestions for implementing the memorandum along with LTFRB and other concerned parties.
“In the meantime, we urge UV Express drivers plying the roads of Makati to inform their passengers of the temporary suspension of the policy. [Furthermore,] we expect them to strictly follow traffic rules and regulations and observe proper loading and unloading areas to avoid impeding traffic flow in the CBD,” she added.
Makati commuters complained about the memorandum, which barred UV Express vehicles from loading and unloading passengers between their origin and destination.
As a result of the concerns, Binay called for a meeting with the LTFRB, Ayala Property Management Corporation, and the Makati Central Estate Association. All decided to put the directive on hold while they figure out how to implement it, taking workers’ concerns about travel time into the city into account.
To reduce traffic at the Ayala Center, LTFRB will coordinate with MACEA and APMC to establish the authorized terminals for public transportation.
Binay reassured the public, particularly the city’s commuters, by saying, “We have your best interests in mind.”
Irish Lorraine Perez, INQUIRER.net trainee