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Tricycles back in San Juan

Neil Alcober

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Tricycles in San Juan City will resume operations Thursday under the modified enhanced community quarantine.

A one-passenger policy per trip will be implemented. Backrides are not allowed. The fare will be P15 per trip.

Tricycle Operators and Drivers’ Associations (TODAs) are also required to set proper social distancing between passengers and drivers while waiting in line. They must also assign safety protocol officers in terminals to make sure guidelines are followed at all times.

San Juan Mayor Zamora inspected tricycles and terminals on its first day of operations since public transportation was banned on 17 March when the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine was implemented.

“We conducted an inspection to make sure that all the drivers, operators and TODAs abide by the guidelines set by the IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force) and by the city government of San Juan,” Zamora said.

Tricycle drivers must secure health passes to ensure compliance with the health protocols of the San Juan City Health Office and San Juan Tricycle Regulatory Board.

“The health pass must be worn as an ID (identification card) by the driver at all times. This is free of charge,” Zamora said.

The city government also requires drivers and passengers to observe precautionary measures against the transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), including wearing face masks, provision of alcohol, regular disinfection of the unit and the installation of a plastic divider between driver and passenger.

Public utility buses and jeepneys are still not allowed under the Metro Manila Council proposal.

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