Tanay tricycle operation halted until drivers undergo random COVID-19 testing

Published August 4, 2020, 5:37 PM

by Nel Andrade

TANAY, Rizal– While other towns in the province have allowed the operation of tricycles under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) starting Tuesday (Aug. 4), tricycles here are restricted from operating until their drivers undergo random COVID-19 testing.

The municipal government wrote on their official Facebook page that officials of the Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association (TODA) in this town, members of the Sangguniang Bayan, and representatives of the Tanay COVID-19 Task Force met on Tuesday to discuss the guidelines for the operation of tricycles under the MECQ.

They agreed that the random COVID testing on tricycle drivers will be part of the health protocols before the operation of tricycles in Tanay are allowed to resume.

Under the guidelines set by Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases,  tricycle operation is allowed provided that health measures are in place and only one passenger at a time will occupy the vehicle.

Other towns in the province, including Antipolo City and Taytay, have allowed tricycles to ply their route during MECQ but on limited operation, including the use of an odd-even scheme.