The Highway Patrol Group is intensifying its information dissemination campaign on the “new normal” in the transport operations in the province, P/Capt. Robelito Mariano, HPG-Negros Occidental officer, said yesterday.
Personnel of HPG-NegOcc and the Land Transportation Office are conducting dialogs at terminals and with transport groups to explain to drivers, operators, and commuters that public utility vehicles must only ferry 50 percent passenger capacity to ensure social and physical distancing as protocol against the spread of Covid-19, Mariano said.
PUVs include buses, mini buses, jeepneys, and tricycles, he added.
Mariano said social distancing should also be observed in private vehicles.
There will be no apprehension until all transport groups have been informed of the new policy, he said.
As to motorcycles, back-riders are still not allowed, Mariano said, but the HPG will give consideration if the rider is the driver’s wife, provided that they present valid identification cards.
Mariano said HPG will also check the proper use of face masks among drivers and commuters.*
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