THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Central Visayas on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, apprehended drivers of 77 public utility buses and public utility jeepneys in Cebu for failure to implement minimum health and safety protocols.
Eduardo Montealto, Jr. said majority of the apprehensions were because of overloading or non-observance of the physical distancing among passengers, including the non-wearing of face masks and face shields.
He also said most of those flagged down for these violations were those plying to and from Talisay City and Lapu-Lapu City.
He said the imposition of minimum health protocols in public transportation is not optional and violations for such have corresponding penalties.
He said for first-time violators, they were given five days to explain after the LTFRB-Central Visayas issued show cause orders.
Repeat violators can be meted a fine of up to P5,000.
The LTFRB-Central Visayas emphasized the "Seven Commandments Inside Public Transport" in times of pandemic.
These include the no face mask, no face shield, no ride policy, and the no talking, no telephone calls, and no eating policy.
Proper ventilation and the conduct of frequent disinfection should also be observed by public utility vehicle operators and drivers, in addition to the practice of social distancing and declining of passengers with Covid-19 symptoms. (WBS)