Bacolod mayor says PUVs without franchises won’t be apprehended

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The two-week moratorium expires today, but traditional public utility vehicles (PUV) that do not have franchises will continue to operate as usual.

Bacolod City Mayor Albee Benitez made the announcement following a closed door meeting with officials from the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and Department of Transportation

Traditional PUV operators, on other hand, must register with the Land Transportation Office as a “private vehicle,” according to Benitez. (

The city mayor said the local government unit will filter and validate their franchises.

“All traditional PUVs with 2020 franchises will be given temporary permits, or interim service, for them to get insurance, among others,” he added.

Based on the list of LTFRB, a total of 2,445 PUVs will be issued temporary permits. The interim permit will be valid until March 2023.