LTFRB: UV Express vehicles may be fined, towed if found plying EDSA 

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UV Express vehicles which traverse EDSA will now be considered illegal or "colorum" vehicles, following LTFRB's ban on the said service along EDSA. (file photo)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) warned UV Express drivers and operators on Monday against traversing EDSA, following the implementation of a new memorandum last week which bans UV Express Services from traversing the major thoroughfare, except when crossing it to reach their destinations.

LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III claimed EDSA was never part of any UV Express franchise. Delgra also cautioned these service vehicles from picking up and dropping off passengers outside of a 2-km radius of their designated pickup and drop off points. 

Violators will be considered illegal or "colorum" vehicles – their vehicles will be towed and they will be fined with ₱200,000.

Lino Marable, National President of Coalition of Operators, Drivers, Employees, Atbp. (CODE-X), said he doesn't understand why LTFRB came out with this new directive, since only less than 2,000 UV Express vehicles use EDSA.

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The new memorandum said these vehicles “may traverse the shortest and/or most convenient route in reaching their end points/destinations, provided however, that UV Express Services are not allowed to traverse EDSA, except when crossing the same.”

The LTFRB said traffic congestion in Metro Manila “has reached crisis proportion, particularly along Epifanio De Los Santos Avenue (EDSA).”

The memorandum will mostly affect passengers from Commonwealth area going to Makati.

CNN Philippines' Correspondent Menchu Macapagal contributed to this story.