Public utility vehicles in the Philippines like jeepneys, buses, and more are known for being reckless on the road. To help track and discipline unruly drivers, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and Department of Transportation (DOTr) officially launched the new Central Public Utility Vehicle Monitoring System (CPUVMS).
With the use of Global Positioning System (GPS), the LTFRB can get data on the speed, routes, and estimated time of arrival of running PUVs on the road. This can help commuters know how much longer (or shorter) they need to wait, which they can use to plan their trips accordingly.
In addition, LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra says the CPUVMS can also be used to track common traffic violations like overspeeding because real-time data will be monitored in the LTFRB Central Office.
Phase 1 of the Service Contracting Program is already using the CPUVMS, while Public Utility Buses (PUB) traveling in EDSA are currently being observed.
After the successful implementation of CPUMVS, DOTr and LTFRB will move to Phase 2 and include City Public Utility Buses, Phase 3 for provincial buses, and Phase 4 for those in the Regional Franchising and Regulatory Board (RFRO).