Bus drivers warned: no standing passengers

STARTING Tuesday, March 1, 2022, 100% seat capacity in Public Utility Vehicles (PVUs) will already be permitted under the executive order recently issued by Cebu Governor Gwendolyn “Gwen” Garcia, but the passenger position will not is not allowed.

This is to ensure that health security protocols are followed in accordance with the declaration of the more relaxed Level 2 alert status in Cebu.

Based on Executive Order of Garcia no. 7, PUVs including buses, minibuses, express utility vehicles, taxis and utility jeepneys must obtain from the Capitol a provincial utility pass with control number, authorized capacity, QR code and other travel guidelines, such as wearing face masks and sanitizing vehicle seats and handlebars and installing germicidal ultraviolet light.

“PUVs must possess a valid provincial public utility vehicle pass at all times,” according to Garcia’s executive order.

Bus drivers will be required to present a travel ticket with a QR code showing the vehicle plate number, date and time of travel, travel itinerary, contact number, permitted seating capacity and instructions for the dispatcher before leaving the south and north bus terminals.

Those who fail to present the necessary documents may be fined by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

Cebu has been placed under Alert Level 2 as declared by the inter-agency task force, but the governor has moved to ease Covid-19 restrictions so the economy recovers.

“With the steady decline in cases in Cebu and increased vaccination coverage, the continued implementation of minimum public health standards and, after appropriate consultation with public utility vehicle operators, the Regional Director of LTO and PNP (Philippine National Police), the provincial government of Cebu deems it prudent to review and revise existing protocols and guidelines governing public transport vehicles in order to promote economic recovery,” the governor said. (ANV, TPT)

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