By MB Online
More than 35,000 units of Transport Network Vehicle Services (TNVS) and taxis have been approved to resume operations in Metro Manila, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) announced on Thursday.
In a statement, the LTFRB said a total of 35,514 units have been approved to go back on the road as of June 11, Thursday.
Of the total permitted units, 16,701 are taxis while 18,813 are TNVS, the LTFRB said.
“Ang pagbabalik ng mga taxi at Transport Network Vehicle Services (TNVS) units na mula sa iba’t-ibang Transport Network Companies (TNCs) ay alinsunod sa Memorandum Circular (MC) 2020-018 o ang ‘Guidelines for the Operations of Taxis and TNVS during the period of GCQ’,” the statement read.
“Sa pagbalik operasyon, ipinagbibigay alam ng ahensya na walang taas-pasahe para sa mga aprubadong taxi at TNVS units, at cashless na transaksyon lamang ang papayagan bilang paraan ng pagbabayad,” it added.
The public land transport regulator also reminded operators and passengers riding TNVS and taxis to observe safety protocols such as the wearing face masks and gloves, regular disinfection of units, and observing physical distancing.
“Ipinapaalala ng LTFRB sa mga operators at drivers ng mga taxis at TNVS na sundin ang mga protocols na nakalagay sa MC 2020-018 upang maiwasan ang pagkalat ng COVID-19, tulad ng pagsusuot ng face mask at gloves, paglilinis at pag-disinfect ng kaniya-kaniyang unit bago at pagtapos ng kada byahe o kada dalawang oras, paglalagay ng harang gawa sa non-permeable at transparent na materyales, at pagsunod sa passenger seating capacity na batay sa guidelines ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at ng Kagawaran ng Transportasyon,” LTFRB said.
Under LTFRB Memorandum Circular 2020-018, the agency mandated the resumption of taxis and TNVS in areas under GCQ while implementing cashless or digital payment options to further contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).