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DOTr Suspends Motorcycle Taxis + Social-Distancing Rules For Jeepneys, Buses, And TrainsHare the specific sectoral social-distancing guidelines for the road and rail sectors.by TopGear.com.ph .
Commuters, drivers, and PUV operators, take note: The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has released the latest social-distancing guidelines for all modes of public transport amidst the current COVID-19 code red sublevel 2 situation in Metro Manila.
If you’ve been doing away with crowded trains, buses, or jeepneys recently and have resorted to using Angkas, JoyRide, or MoveIt, then be informed that the operations of motorcycle taxis have been temporarily suspended. Also suspended are multiple bookings for a single trip provided by transport network vehicle services (TNVS) such as GrabShare.
Here are the specific sectoral social-distancing guidelines for the road and rail sectors:
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- For the road sector, in any public transport vehicle, passengers must maintain a distance of one seat apart from each other. For this to be possible, taxis and TNVS vehicles may only load up to four occupants, and UV Express vehicles may have no more than six occupants at a time — both headcounts include both passengers and the driver.
- Jeepneys and buses may not load more than half of their respective seating capacities. Public utility buses may only load up to 25 passengers, including the driver and the conductor, and no standing passengers will be allowed.
- Drivers and conductors of public utility vehicles entering and exiting Metro Manila must remind passengers to present a company ID showing their place of work and a government ID showing the location of residence.
- Trains will operate at reduced capacity — down to 25% of their respective passenger capacities. There will be a dedicated subsection for senior citizens on each train. Passengers going into stations and trains must be regulated — personnel on the front line must wear face masks and use non-contact thermal scanners. Anyone exhibiting symptoms or with a body temperature of 38 degrees and above will be refused entry, and personnel must properly abide by the Department of Health’s (DOH) protocols in responding to such cases.
- The Philippine National Railway’s (PNR) Alabang to Calamba trips will be put on hold for the meantime.
The DOTr is also mandating terminal operators to forbid anyone with symptoms to enter terminals. It has also advised that point-to-point (P2P) buses connecting the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and the Clark International Airport will be allowed to operate as scheduled. Still, these will be subject to DOH guidelines and protocols and procedures of the Philippine National Police. P2P buses that operate solely within the capital will be allowed to operate as usual.
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