DOTr and LTFRB to start using GPS to Track Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs)

by Jal Cutaran  September 19, 2021

It is a very unfortunate fact that a lot of Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs) around the country are infamous for being reckless and very ignorant to the rules and laws of public road safety. This is exactly why the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) formally launched the Central Public Utility Vehicle Monitoring System (CPUVMS) last Friday, September 17.  This system allows the DOTr and LTFRB to monitor PUV trips in real-time using Global Positioning System (GPS).

With the Central Public Utility Vehicle Monitoring System (CPUVMS), the LTFRB will be able to monitor the routes, speed, and even the estimated time of arrival (ETA) of all running PUV’s equipped with the system during a given time and specified route using a Global Positioning System (GPS). All these will help commuters plan their trips ahead of time.

LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra explained that the system will also be useful because violations, such as being out of line, over dwelling, speeding, and colorum operations will be easily monitored by the Command Center in the LTFRB Central Office.

“This is a milestone for the Board kasi kauna-unahang proyekto ito kung saan gumagamit po tayo ng panibago at mordernong teknolohiya in order to address monitoring and enforcement activities of the Board,”stated Chairman Delgra.

With the use of modernized technology, the LTFRB would be able to track real time data and violations. The agency is hoping to serve the Filipino people better with this system in action.

Currently, the CPUVMS is already in use for the Phase 1 of the Service Contracting Program, wherein the Public Utility Buses (PUBs) traveling within the EDSA Carousel are being monitored by the Central PUV Monitoring Station.

Once fully operational, the responsible agencies are planning to have the CPUMVS move on to Phase 2 which includes City Public Utility Buses (PUBs), Phase 3 which includes Provincial PUBs, and Phase 4 for Public Vehicles included in the Regional Franchising and Regulatory Board (RFRO).


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