Public transport policies under GCQ released

Public transport policies under GCQ released

STARTING today May 1, public transport will be able to operate in a limited capacity in areas subject to general community quarantine (GCQ) but will strictly enforce the health safety standard against the spread of COVID-19.


According to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) Assistant Secretary Mark de Leon, they will strictly uphold the established health standards.


“Bibiyahe na ang mga pampublikong transportasyon sa mga kalsada na napapailalim sa GCQ, ngunit maghihigpit kami sa pagpapatupad ng mga health safety standards para bigyang-proteksyon ang ating mga drayber at pasahero,” said De Leon.


According to the DOTr, all authorized PUV and transport terminals even operators must comply with the rule.


According to DOTr, all authorized to travel PUV and transport terminals even operators must comply with the rule.


First, drivers are required to wear face masks and gloves.


Intensive disinfecting of vehicles, terminal, and passengers should also be regularly done.


Second, to ensure physical distancing, the DOTr set the capacity of each public vehicle.


No more than 50% or half of the total passengers of public utility buses (PUBs) and public utility jeepneys (PUJs), except drivers and conductors, may board each trip.


For UV Express and taxis, the rider must not exceed two passengers in each row, except in the front where only one passenger can ride alongside the driver.


On the tricycles, only one passenger can sit in the side-car, and it is also forbidden to ride in the back of the driver.


Private vehicles such as cars and motorcycles will only be allowed to travel for essentials as prescribed by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).


In private cars, only one passenger can sit in the front and only two passengers can ride in each row of seats.


The passenger is prohibited from riding on the back of the motorcycle driver.


People can use bicycles and similar vehicles so DOTr is encouraging local governments to set bike lanes.


Drivers and operators will be able to apply for permits at the LTFRB offices, or by email on its online channel. A special permit is free.


All private car owners, drivers, and operators, as well as terminal operators, will be fined if they violate DOTr standards.



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