Commuting in Metro Manila with your pets just got easier thanks to a new memorandum issued by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on April 26.
Effective April 15, the LTFRB stated that it now allows pets to travel in Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs), given that several provisions are met.
The memorandum’s provisions state that animals should be put inside their carriers or cages and placed at the designated animal compartment of the PUV, given that there are other passengers inside the PUV.
If there are no other passengers, the LTFRB allows pets to be carried by owners as long as the animals are free from foul odor, and that the owner should maintain cleanliness and sanitation. In addition, pet owners will be responsible for any damage that pets may cause, including the cleaning and sanitation of the PUV.
Lastly, the memorandum stated that the comfort of passengers shall not be in any way sacrificed.
According to the LTFRB, the Board has “considered to revisit the existing policy and harmonize it with the provisions under Republic Act 8485 or the Animal Welfare Act,” as pet owners have clamored to allow pet animals to travel in PUVs.
So there you have it, pet parents, you can now freely ride in PUVs with your beloved pet pals!
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