UV Express

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UV Express is a public transport license to operate in the Philippines following the franchisee model.[1]

Company and Routes[edit]

UV Express follows the franchisee model and has more than 120 services in the Philippines including the NCR (National Capital region).[2] The country's Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board serves as the owner of the franchise.

UV Express vans are air conditioned, usually seat 14 passengers and charge 2 Philippine pesos per kilometer (as of 2013).[3] They have their own passenger terminals in Manila, Makati (Ayala center),[4] Cubao (North avenue) and similar busy places.[5]

Typically, a franchisee costs 180,000 pesos (as of 2011).[6][7] In the interest of public safety, the LTFRB had passed an order (LTFRB Memorandum Circular No. 2012-0117 and 2012-030) to phase out older UV express vans and taxis, however, this was petitioned by transport unions and operator groups.[8]

The name UV stands for "Utility Vehicle".[9] It is also a pun for Uwi na (Tagalog : Let us go home)


  1. ^ Montecillo, Paolo (19 June 2012). "LTFRB to grant transport franchises based on demand". Philippine Inquirer. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "List of Registered UV Express routes". LTFRB - Land Transport Franchising and Regulatory Body. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Camus, Miguel (19 August 2013). "LTFRB warns overcharging UV Express taxi drivers". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "UV Express Terminal - Ayala center". Official website. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Amojelar, Darwin (18 August 2013). "LTFRB warns UV Express operators: Don't overcharge Coastal Mall-Lawton passengers". Inter Aksyon News. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Aurelio, Julie (19 September 2013). "2 nabbed for posing as LTFRB employees in ‘selling’ vehicle franchises". Philippine Inquirer. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "UV Express Franchise questions". Pinoy Exchange Forum. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  8. ^ Meruenas, Mark (24 June 2013). "CA refuses to stop phaseout of old UV express units". GMA News. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  9. ^ Mayuga, Jonathan (18 December 2012). "Drivers stand to lose jobs with phase-out of old UV Express units–labor group". Business Mirror. Retrieved 30 September 2013.