Palace: UV Express more likely to return than traditional jeepneys


Posted at Jun 24 2020 12:47 PM

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UV Express vans "stand a better chance" at resuming operations compared to traditional jeepneys, Malacañang said Wednesday. 

This as some jeepney drivers have been forced to beg for alms as they remained barred from roads even with relaxed coronavirus quarantines. They have been out of jobs since March.

Van passengers are seated facing the same direction and not each other, said Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque. Jeepneys before the pandemic typically crammed in 10 to 16 commuters sitting knee-to-knee on twin benches that make it difficult to enforce social distancing measures.

"I think the UV Express stands a better chance than jeepney," Roque told ANC.

Regulators might allow jeepneys "if buses and the modernized jeepneys will not be sufficient," he said. 

"The priority of the IATF is still upholding public health and that is why as far as transportation is concerned it's not just cars that are being given priority," said Roque. "It's not true that the favored mode of transportation is still private." 

ANC, June 24, 2020