DOTr: Here’s how many passengers are allowed in buses, jeeps, other PUVs during GCQ

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by Drei Laurel | May 1, 2020
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The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has shared physical distancing guidelines for buses, jeepneys, and other PUVs allowed to operate during the general community quarantine period (GCQ).

Just to make things clear, Metro Manila is still under an enhanced community quarantine period (ECQ), which is accompanied by a public transportation ban. These guidelines will be in effect when or if the ECQ is lifted come May 15, 2020. Look:

Public utility buses (2x2 rows)

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Public utility buses (2x3 rows)

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Shuttle service

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Public utility jeepneys

Taxi and transport network vehicles (TNVS)

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Tricycles

To sum it up, all buses, jeepneys, shuttles, and UV Express vans can only accommodate up to 50% of their maximum passenger capacity (not including the driver and conductor). No standing passengers are allowed, and seated passengers must maintain a one-person distance from other occupants at all times (refer to images).

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For taxis and TNVS vehicles, only three passengers are allowed: One in the front passenger seat, and two in the rear who must be seated one-person apart. Tricycles, meanwhile, can only carry one passenger in the sidecar. Passengers also aren’t allowed to sit on the motorcycle behind the driver.

Again, keep in mind that Metro Manila is still under ECQ, meaning a public transportation ban is in effect. Do you think these guidelines are enough to allow PUVs to operate once we move into GCQ?

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