LTFRB allows provincial buses to resume interzonal routes

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board has announced that provincial utility buses are now permitted to operate interregional routes.

Instruction Circular 2022-023 covers public bus operators with valid and existing certificates that guarantee public convenience, interim authority, and special permits needed.

The office also reiterated that health and safety protocols must always be followed.

Buses using provincial commuter routes in the Calabazrzon area are now allowed to bring passengers back to their original Araneta bus terminal in Cubao, Quezon City.

But provincial commuter routes with a pre-pandemic endpoint in Buendia, Makati, Pasay and Manila will still need to use the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX), including routes originating in Quezon Province, Mimaropa (Tagalog region of southwest) and Bicol.

Added circular provincial buses from Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley and Cordillera Administrative Region are also allowed to drop off passengers at the North Luzon Express terminal where there are city buses that can take them in Metro Manila.

Central Luzon provincial buses can pick up and drop off passengers at Araneta Cubao Terminal and NLET, depending on the route of the particular authorized unit.

Visayas and Mindanao PUBs en route to the National Capital Region are permitted to pick up and drop off passengers at the Santa Rosa Integrated Terminal. Buses going to Metro Manila are parked there.

The LTFRB reminds PUB operators to secure a QR code for each authorized unit before it can be authorized on the road. It can be downloaded from www.ltfrb.com.ph and should be printed and displayed on the front windshield of the device.

Metro Manila and 38 other areas have been placed under Alert Level 1 until March 15.

Under Alert Level 1, intra-zonal and inter-zonal travel is permitted regardless of age and co-morbidities, while all establishments, persons or activities are permitted to operate, work or perform at full capacity on-site, at provided that health standards are met.

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