Inter-city jeepneys told: Apply for permits to enter Cebu City

By: Delta Dyrecka Letigio - CDN Digital | March 23,2021 - 06:43 PM

A traditional jeepney in Mandaue City with a route that also covers Cebu City. CDN Digital photo/Mary Rose Sagarino

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City Jeepney Task Force (JTF) is urging the inter-city jeepneys from Talisay City and Mandaue City to apply for a permit to enter Cebu City.

The JTF has opened the applications for both those with existing permits from their local government units (LGUs) and those without.

For those with existing permits, they only need to get a travel line from the Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) and pay the P225 fee for the document, then get their Balik Pasada permit from the JTF.

READ: Expect 100 more jeepneys to run in Cebu City

For those without existing permits, they need to go through the process in their LGU from which may entail swab tests, seminars, motor vehicle inspection and others before getting a travel line in Cebu City.

Councilor James Cuenco said that as of now, 5 Mandaue City jeepneys have already applied for a travel line. This is yet too little and they are hoping for more inter-city jeepneys to apply.

The JTF is also investigating reports of colorum jeepneys or jeepneys travelling without permits and jeepneys falsifying permits.

“We have received numerous complaints from commuters of ‘colorum’ TPUJs. And some, falsifying our Balik Pasada Permits,” said Cuenco in a text message.

He warns that those who will be caught doing so will face consequences and charges.

For now, the JTF is encouraging more jeepneys to go through the process of getting the proper permits so they can legally ply the city’s streets.

Cuenco said there is still a huge demand for public transport that needs to be addressed with more businesses opening and people from more areas going back to work.

Recently, Cuenco has written to Mayor Edgardo Labella to reopen all routes in the city due to high demands from both operators and commuters.

READ: JTF wants to reopen all jeepney routes in Cebu City

The mayor has yet to respond to the JTF’s request and the councilor hopes that the routes will be opened to accommodate more jeepneys on the streets.

/bmjo

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