The petition will cite the LTFRB and other state agencies’ unjust and unsubstantiated suspension of Public Utility Jeepneys (PUJs) even after the quarantine was eased and other Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs) were allowed back on road.
The drivers also call to attention the government’s evident preference in modernized jeepneys, despite no evidence of its substantial distinction over traditional jeepneys when it comes to passenger safety from the virus.
Moreover, the petition seeks to question the power of the IATF, DOTr, and LTFRB to unilaterally and indefinitely suspend public transportation. Regardless, their issuances have so far shown an utter disregard for the jeepney drivers’ right to work, and right to experience an adequate standard of living.
“Certainly, the state has failed in its duty to help protect and value the rights and dignity of every Filipino,” said IDEALS.
While the jeepney drivers have been vocal about their demands for fair treatment in the past months, their call has been largely ignored by the government. With this petition, they are hoping to finally claim justice.
The groups said that studies of various experts including International Association of Public Transport, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and other institutions have showed that open-air vehicles like jeepney are safer to use pandemic.