DOTr to maintain public transportation capacity amidst ECQ lockdown

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has announced that public transportation capacity across Metro Manila will remain the same during the August 6 to August 20, 2021 ECQ lockdown period. 

This announcement comes after the DOTr had consulted with the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) with regards to the current transportation situation. The government agency proposed that the current supply and 50% capacity rule be retained during the lockdown period which was then approved by the IATF. 

However, Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade has also stated that only authorized persons outside of residence (APOR) will be allowed to board PUVs. APORs must show their identification cards and other important documents to prove that they are authorized to travel.

Aside from this, other modes of transportation such as private vehicles with special permits will be able to travel. Dedicated service vehicles under the government initiative will also be allowed to travel but will still need to strictly observe the prescribed physical distancing and sanitary measures at all times.

During the ECQ period in Metro Manila, all public utility vehicles such as Jeeps and buses are allowed to operate at 50% capacity on a “one seat-apart” basis. Standing passengers will not be allowed in these types of vehicles and only one passenger will be allowed at the driver’s row.

Restrictions will be applied on passengers. There will be stricter enforcement to ensure that only APORs are permitted to use public transport, as mandated by the IATF.

Tugade further continues by stating “PORs are reminded to be ready to present to transport marshals identification cards issued by the IATF or other documents or IDs as proof that they are authorized to travel.” 

The transport secretary also mentioned that if the IATF decides to take back its approval and changes the rules with regards to public transport during the 2-week lockdown, the DOTr “will abide” by the changes. 

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