For safety, guidelines are set to reduce physical contact between passengers and transmission of the virus. Under this scope, drivers and operators are required to abide by the following rules:
• Use of face masks and gloves is mandatory for drivers.
• “No face mask, no travel” policy must be followed by both drivers and passengers.
• Drivers should disinfect vehicles, terminals, and even passengers.
• Disinfection is required after every round trip.
• Disinfecting facilities where passengers can wash their hands should be included in terminals.
• Hand sanitizers will be provided for passengers.
• PUV drivers and operators are required to use impermeable barriers between the drivers and passengers inside the vehicle.
• Automated fare collection is encouraged to limit contact.
• If automated fare collection is not applicable, passengers will be required to pay before boarding the vehicle.
• Foot disinfectants will be provided in public buses and public transportation systems.
• Drivers and conductors will be regularly checked for symptoms.
For capacity, PUVs will be required to lessen their passenger capacity to ensure that physical distancing is followed. The required passenger capacity differs depending on the type of vehicle. The rules for capacity are as follows:
• The number of passengers should not exceed 50% of the vehicle’s capacity, excluding the driver and conductor (for buses and jeepneys).
• UV Express and taxis should only have two passengers per row.
• Only one passenger is allowed at the driver’s row.
• Tricycles are only allowed to accompany one passenger per trip.
• Back riding is prohibited in tricycle rides.
In terms of coverage, the type of PUV that will be allowed to operate in areas under the GCQ will be guided by the number of passengers that will be transported. PUVs with high passenger capacity such as buses will be prioritized to comply with the Department Order No. 2017-011 or “Omnibus Guidelines on the Planning and Identification of Public Road Transportation Services and Franchise Issuance.”
In case buses are not enough to accommodate passenger demand, other compliant modern PUVs will be allowed. If the area has unavailable buses and other modern PUVs, jeepneys and UV Express may operate. If the area has no other means of transportation, tricycles will be permitted to operate.
These transportation adjustments create a safer environment for motorists, passengers, and operators amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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