Public Transport Guidelines under General Community Quarantine

By | May 17, 2020
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Public Transport Guidelines under GCQ | Image Source: @PIA_R111

Public Transport Guidelines under General Community Quarantine (GCQ)

PUV Terminals Should Have The Following:

  1. Thermal Scanners;
  2. Hand Sanitizers or Alcohols (for free use to passengers);
  3. Hand washing facility

In ALL PUV Terminals Operators Must:

  1. Observe Social Distancing;
  2. Observe appropriate sanitary measures especially for surfaces often touched by passengers;
  3. All employees and passengers must wear a face mask

Here are the following conditions to be followed by PUV Operators/ allowed to operate under the General Community Quarantine:

  1. PUV operators must secure a special permit from LTFRB to be allowed to operate under GCQ;
  2. Drivers/Conductors who experience symptoms of COVID-19 shall not be allowed to work;
  3. 20 years old and below, 60 years old and above, and immunocompromised sector will not be allowed to work unless exempted by proper authorities;
  4. Drivers and Conductors of PUV’s must wear a mask at all times;
  5. Passengers must wear a mask at all times (No mask No ride policy);
  6. For PUJ, pay before you board (drivers/conductors shall collect fares at the front seat before the passenger boards the vehicle);
  7. For UVs and PUBs, fares shall be collected at the terminals before the passenger boards the vehicle;
  8. For OFG compliant units, they are preferred to use the Automatic Fare Collection System;
  9. Thermal Scanning shall be done at the terminals prior to boarding of passengers (those with a body temperature of 38 degrees centigrade or higher will not be allowed to board the vehicle);
  10. For PUJ and UV drivers compartment should be sealed off from passengers using a non-permeable barrier transparent material;
  11. Observe social distancing inside the PUVs, with 50% capacity only (one seat apart), may install impermeable barriers less than 1 meter apart;
  12. Operators or drivers must put markings on where passengers are not allowed to seat.

Public Utility Buses

  • 50% capacity (excluding driver and conductor
  • One seat apart
  • No standing passengers allowed

Shuttle Service

  • Maximum passengers: 50% only
  • The passenger seat is reserved for conductors if none then a passenger can occupy
  • One seat apart
  • No standing passenger allowed.

UV Express

  • Maximum 2 passengers per row
  • 1 passenger at passenger’s seat beside the driver as long as there is a non-permeable transparent barrier in between

Public Utility Jeepneys

  • Maximum passenger capacity: 50% only
  • 1 passenger at passenger’s seat beside the driver as long as there is a non-permeable transparent barrier in between
  • One seat apart
  • No standing passenger allowed

Taxis or TNVS

  • Maximum of 2 passengers at the back seat, one seat apart
  • 1 passenger at passenger’s seat beside the driver as long as there is a non-permeable transparent barrier in between

A Must:

  • Disinfect vehicles at every end of each trip (especially surfaces often touched by passengers);
  • Operators should provide foot disinfectant prior to boarding of passengers;
  • All hotline numbers must be properly displayed inside the PUVs and terminal premises for the information of the public.

A copy of the fare matrix should be displayed inside the units for passenger information.

fare matrix

Fare Matrix | Image Source: @PIA_III

For purposes of contact tracing:

  1. For PUB and UV operators shall have passenger manifest taken at the terminals prior to boarding, which shall contain pertinent information of passengers;
  2. All PUVs shall visibly display their plate number, body number, and contact number of operators for information of passengers;
  3. Passengers, Drivers, and Conductors are encouraged to take note of all pertinent information related to the trip they took and the vehicle they boarded for purposes of contact tracing.

Source: PIA_RIII via LTFRB Region III

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