Jun 2, 2020

On the first day of NCR’s shift to general community quarantine (GCQ), traffic met commuters and workers going back to work in major cities and highways. Amid the rush of public and private utility vehicles on the road, the Land Transportation Office reminds drivers to observe safety protocols during pandemic, including sanitation, physical distancing and procurement of proper travel permits—otherwise, be ready to be fined up to P3,000.

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During a Laging Handa press briefing yesterday, LTO operations division officer-in-charge MJ Paras-Leynes said among the offenses punishable include not wearing masks or gloves and disregarding other sanitary protocols, which could amount to reckless driving. This, according to LTO’s Joint Administrative Order 2014-01, warrants a fine of P2,000 along with mandatory attendance to seminar.

The situation yesterday, June 1 on EDSA, as Metro Manila shifts to GCQ and thousands of laborers return to work. Photo by Niño Jesus Orbeta/Inquirer

LTO also warns public and private utility drivers against overloading. As per government order, there must be a strict implementation of physical distancing inside vehicles, thus per car, a driver can only be accompanied by two to three persons, depending on the capacity of the unit. Failure to comply to this will also result in a fine.

Permits will also have to be secured by drivers to prove that they are authorized to be outside their homes. This also applies to public utility vehicles without permit to operate. This offense is equivalent to driving without a license and is punishable by a P3,000 fine. The LTO clarified, however, that public transport drivers who violate this face a separate fine, which they have yet to finalize.

As of June 1, only point-to-point buses, private vehicles, service shuttles, select transport network vehicle services and bicycles are allowed to ply the major thoroughfares of Metro Manila to supplement the Metro Rail Transit, Manila Light Rail Transit and Philippine National Railways’ reduced operating capacity.


Header photo courtesy of Niño Jesus Orbeta/Inquirer

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