By Alexandria San Juan
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) assured that all public utility vehicles (PUVs) offering free rides to frontliners are still covered by insurance.
The agency has approved special permits to PUVs to ferry frontline workers such as medical personnel and employees as all forms of mass transportation were stopped due to the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon brought by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic
In an advisory of the LTFRB, it said that these PUVs, particularly buses, who were given special permits are still covered by the passenger personal accident insurance program.
According to the LTFRB, should a PUV figure in a road crash that kill a passenger, the family of the fatality will receive P400,000 as stated under Circular Letter No. 2018-59 of the Department of Finance’s Insurance Commission.
Meanwhile, passengers who have been severely disabled, including those who lost their arms and legs, or sight due to a PUV accident will get at least P200,000.
Despite this, however, the LTFRB strongly urged bus operators and drivers to be cautious while driving especially at this time when the country is fighting the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.
The entire Luzon island was placed under enhanced community quarantine since last week amid the rising number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines.
Following this order, all forms of mass public transportation have been suspended as strict home quarantine in all households is being enforced.