Drivers and operators of UV Express (FX) launched a transport caravan on January 10 to oppose plans to phase-out their vehicles starting this year.
PISTON Party and ALSA-UV led the caravan from the Quezon Memorial Circle to Mendiola, Manila. More than 50 FX vans and jeepneys joined the caravan. The protesters had earlier filed a petition before the Supreme Court to stop the government from proceeding with the plan. PISTON Party chair George San Mateo said that they strongly oppose the memorandum circular issued by the Land Transportation Office ordering the phaseout this year of UV Express vehicles that are at least 13 years old because this would leave many drivers jobless.
Many small operators will also be out of business because foreigners and big automobile companies will end up controlling the sale of newer and more expensive FX models.
PISTON and ALSA-UV also threatened to launch a transport strike should the planned phaseout push through.