Fat passengers have no space in UV Express Vans. The operators of this public transportation service reportedly implemented a strict policy allowing their drivers to choose "slim passengers" only.
This controversial discriminatory rule of UV Express has infuriated thousands of commuters in the metro. Even the slim passengers themselves are not supporting the said guideline.
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Monday formally received some complaints related to this policy. According to the victims, the UV Express drivers placed a huge sign in their vans with a message "for slim only".
In response to the report, LTFRB board member Atty. Ariel Inton said the rule violates the rights of the passengers. He added that the drivers of public utility vehicles are "not allowed to descriminate their passengers based on their age, sex or physical appearance".
Inton also clarified that drivers blocking male passengers from occupying the front seat is also a violaton to the Joint Administrative Order No. 2014-001 signed by the LTFRB and the Land Transportation Office.
Offenders of this particular law will incur the following designated penalties.
First offense - P5,000 fine
Second offense - 10,000.00 and the passenger van is impounded for 30 days
Third and subsequent offenses - fine of P15,000 and the certificate of public convenience may be revoked