Traditional jeepneys (PNA photo by Ben Briones)

MANILA – The Land Transportation Office (LTO) is seeking to expand the implementation of online plain renewal registration for public utility vehicles (PUVs) to stop the illegal practice of fixers.

LTO chief Jay Art Tugade said Wednesday the agency is coordinating with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board about the online renewal registration through the Land Transportation Management System (LTMS) portal.

"May initial meetings na po tayo sa LTFRB para magkaroon ng interconnectivity at ma-access ang mga certificate of public convenience o CPC nang sa gayon ay iyong mga may-ari ng mga PUV ay puwede na rin makapag-renew online (We had initial meetings with LTFRB so that there is interconnectivity and we can access the certificate of public convenience or CPC. This way, the owners of the PUVs could also renew online)," he said.

The move follows the online renewal registration for private vehicles, also through the LTMS portal, in February.

Apart from convenience on the part of operators, the online renewal of registration for PUVs will also limit and stop the services offered by fixers.

"The LTO and LTFRB must assure that the PUVs plying our roads are roadworthy units. We want to ease the burden of PUV operators when it comes to the renewal of the registration of their units," Tugade said. (PNA)