THE free rides of MyBus have returned starting Friday, July 24, 2020.
In an advisory posted on its official Facebook page, MyBus said the buses will fill only 50 percent of their seating capacity.
MyBus will also implement sanitation measures in compliance with the regulations set by the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of the Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) 7.
However, LTFRB 7 Director Eduardo Montealto Jr. said MyBus is only allowed to transport SM employees for now.
Giving a free ride service to the public and to those who are not authorized persons outside of residence is prohibited, Montealto said.
Free rides, he said, could entice Cebu City residents to travel and go malling even though they are not authorized persons outside of residence.
The new schedules for the routes have a travel interval of 40 minutes.
The buses that ply the BDO Fuente-SM Seaside City Cebu route and the BDO Fuente-SM City Cebu route start to travel at 8:20 a.m. and fetch their last batches of passengers at 6 p.m.
The buses that ply the SM Seaside City Cebu-BDO Fuente route and the SM City Cebu-BDO Fuente route start at 10 a.m. and end at 7:20 p.m.
Montealto said only three of MyBus’ registered shuttle buses have been deployed to transport SM employees. There is no need for special permits for this, he said.
He said the LTFRB 7 may grant a maximum of four MyBus units for intra-routes or within Cebu City if the need arises.
Cebu City has been under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), which was implemented to stem the coronavirus disease 2019 cases, and it started last July 16 and will end on July 31. In a MECQ setting, the public transport and movement is still stringent.
Montealto said MyBus might get into trouble if they give the public free rides without special permits.
MyBus suspended its operations on June 16, 2020 when Cebu City was placed on enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) status.
Montealto said he noticed that several commuters were not subjected to random inspection.
He said the increase of passenger demand could be artificial as several commuters travel without being checked.
Montealto said he has requested the Land Transportation Office 7 and the police to make random inspections. (WBS)