Motorcycle taxis, more jeepneys get greenlight to resume service

MOTORCYCLE taxis have been allowed to start providing service again after the government’s task force against the coronavirus issued guidelines on health and safety requirements. Under the guidelines, dated Nov. 4 but released only on the 10th, two-wheeled taxis as well as back-riding in tricycles can operate provided drivers have undergone a coronavirus testing and certified to be in good health by a government-accredited facility. Passengers, on the other hand, must wear their own helmet and fill-up a health declaration form before riding. Other requirements include regular temperature check and vehicle sanitation, and the use of a cashless payment system. Meanwhile, at least 816 traditional public utility jeepneys (PUJs) have also been given the greenlight to resume operations in 16 routes in Metro Manila, according to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB). In a memorandum dated Nov. 9, the LTFRB said the operators of the PUJs need not secure special permits to operate but are required to use downloadable quick response or QR codes. They must also implement minimum health standards such as wearing of face mask and regular vehicle disinfection. Almost 34,000 traditional PUJs have been allowed to resume operations in 387 routes, 865 modern jeepneys in 48 routes, 4,499 commuter buses in 35 routes, 387 point-to-point buses in 34 routes, and 6,755 U Express units in 118 routes. — Gillian M. Cortez and Emmanuel Tupas/PHILSTAR

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