PUV drivers will be held accountable for lack of social distancing among passengers

Their licenses will be confiscated
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Drivers of public utility vehicles who violate social-distancing measures in their vehicles will have their licenses confiscated, the chief of the country’s security force on COVID-19 said today, September 18.

“The point is, if ever there is violation na makikita ng ating law enforcers inside the vehicle, at even doon sa mga sasakyan in the terminal, then the drivers will be cited,” Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, commander of Joint Task Force COVID Shield, told ANC.

Highway patrollers will check vehicles at random, as there aren’t enough enforcers to inspect every single car, jeepney, or bus plying the roads, he said.

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to decide by September 21 whether or not the one-meter physical distancing rule will be eased. Health frontliners earlier said it was too soon to relax distancing protocols and advised commuters to stay vigilant and take precautions.

NOTE: This article first appeared on . Minor edits have been made.

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