After several protests and calls against the phasing out of Jeepneys in the country due to the pandemic, modern jeepney units are set to return on Metro Manila roads starting Monday.
In a report by GMA News, they shared safety guidelines for commuters who will opt to ride this public transport system once again as they get to work or travel places.
Because we are still not COVID-free, The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) have set strict health protocols imposed by experts, including physical distancing and wearing of face masks/shields.
In our ‘new normal,’ a modern jeepney unit is only allowed to accommodate a maximum of 12 passengers at a time, which is 50 percent of its total capacity.
There are X marks and “Do not sit here” signs found among the seats to guide the passengers on proper boarding. They are also enforcing cashless transactions, requiring tap cards instead of cash as payment.
The driver will be equipped with PPEs to avoid contact, including gloves, a mask, and a face shield.
A plastic sheet separating the driver from the passengers will also be expected inside a modern jeepney.
Beginning today, the LTFRB has allowed operations for jeepneys so long as they follow the above-mentioned conditions and maintain safety above all.