LTFRB Allows Pet Animals Inside Public Utility Vehicles

MEMORANDUM CIRCULAR NUMBER 2019-019
DATE: April 15, 2019
SUBJECT: Amendment to Par. 24 of Memorandum Circular No. 2011-004 (Terms and Conditions of CPC and Providing Penalties for Violations thereof)

WHEREAS, one of the powers and functions of Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board under Executive Order No. 202 is to promulgate, administer , implement, and enforce rules and regulations on land transportation public utilities ..x x.;

WHEREAS, Par. 24 of Memorandum Circular No. 2011-004 (Terms and Conditions of CPC and Providing Penalties for Violations thereof) provides, “The PUV operator shall not load animals of any kind, except fowls, in the carriage of such fowls and other animals the convenience, comfort and safety of the passengers shall not in any way be sacrificed. Any cargo which emit foul odor shall be covered with canvass or any other suitable material so that it not be offensive to passengers ;

WHEREAS, due to public clamor particularly from the group of pet owners/lovers who consistently appealed to this office to allow pet animals in Public Utility Vehicles, the Board considers to revisit the existing policy and to harmonize it with the provisions enshrined under R.A. No. 8485 or the Animal Welfare Act;

WHEREAS, these group of pet owners/lovers , while they viewed their pets to be part of their family, assures that these animals are well-taken cared of;

WHEREFORE, after due consideration and deliberation, this Board hereby resolves to amend Par. 24 of  Memorandum Circular No. 2011-004 (Terms and Conditions of CPC and Providing Penalties for Violations thereof) , ALLOWING Pet Animals inside Public Utility Vehicles, provided that:

  1. These animals must be put inside carriers/cages and placed at the designated animal compartment of the PUV, should there be other passengers inside the PUV.
  2. If there are no other passengers, pets may be allowed to be carried by the owner so long as  said animals are free from foul odor and that he/she maintains cleanliness and sanitation taking into consideration the next riding passenger. Further, the possessor or pet owner shall be responsible for the damage that the pet may cause, including the cleaning and sanitation of the PUV, as may be necessary, and
  3. Safety, convenience and comfort of the passengers shall not in any way be sacrificed .

This Memorandum Circular shall take effect immediately following its publication in a newspaper of general circulation and the filing of three (3) copies hereof with the UP Law Center pursuant to Presidential Memorandum Circular No. 11, dated 09 October 1992.

SO ORDERED.

Quezon City, 15 April 2019.

ATTY. MARTIN B. DELGRA III
Chairman

ENGR. RONALDO F. CORPUS
Board member/OIC-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

GEN. ANTONIO N. GARDIOLA, JR. (Ret.)
Board Member

PUV Defined in Republic Act No. 10916

(d) Public utility vehicle (PUV) refers to a motor vehicle considered as a public transport conveyance or common carrier duly registered with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and granted a franchise by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB);