Route signs on jeepney windshield now banned

COMMUTERS should know the route of the passenger utility jeepney (PUJ) they are going to ride ahead of their trips as transport agencies now prohibit destination signboards on all parts of the windshields in PUJs.

 Starting Monday, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and its deputized agencies will apprehend PUJ drivers who put route signage on their windshield in the region.

 The implementation is in line with the government’s effort to clear public transportation of any distractive materials on their windshield.

 While Republic Act 10913 or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act (ADDA) does not cover accessories in the windshield of PUJs, LTO XI chief of operations Eleanor Calderon said the PUJ signboards, while not explicitly provided for in the law, is not in the list of allowed items in the terms of references of the Land Transportation Franchise Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

 With this, Calderon advised passengers to instead read the routes printed either in front of the PUJs or along the sides.

 Passengers, Calderon said, should not just think that the only path that PUJs will take are the beginning and the end points of their routes.

 At least one jeepney cooperative, meanwhile, has formally asked the LTO and the LTFRB for the implementing guidelines of the policy, as enforcers here have begun to advise drivers to remove the signboards.

 Earlier this week, the LTO has started training for traffic enforcers from all over the region for the implementation of the ADDA.