Remember the bill that sought free WiFi access and toilet usage for passengers at land transport terminals? Here’s some good news for all you commuters reading this—it has officially been passed into law.
Republic Act No. 11311 (RA 11311), also known as ‘An Act to Improve Land Transportation Terminals, Stations, Stops, Rest Areas, and Roll-on/Roll-off Terminals’ was recently signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte. The law, which was released last June 19, 2019 through the Official Gazette, will take effect after fifteen days from its publication.
The law requires land transport terminals, stopovers, rest areas, as well as RORO terminals to improve their facilities for the better convenience of the commuting public. This includes the provision of better sanitary facilities, designated lactation stations, and WiFi access for passengers—all of which should come free of charge. Failure of compliance will result in a minimum fine of P5,000 for bus terminal operators and owners. For complete details, check out the official document through this link.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) expresses its delight in the recent developments as the law will support the agency and secretary Arthur Tugade’s efforts to provide better services to all Filipinos using public transport. The DOTr will work hand in hand with concerned agencies to draft the Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 11311 which is set to be completed within 60 days of its effectivity.
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