LTO 7 reports widespread compliance with face shield requirement

CEBU CITY—The first day of implementation of the "No Face Shield, No Ride Policy” last Saturday went well, the Land Transportation Office Central Visayas (LTO 7) reported.

          LTO 7 Regional Director Victor Emmanuel Caindec said 90 percent of the riding public was compliant with the new policy requiring all public transport passengers to wear face shields, aside from face masks, as additional protection and minimize the risk of contracting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

          “It is a good indicator that most of the riding public was compliant on the first day of the implementation. We hope to see a 100 percent compliance in the coming days,” said Caindec.

          LTO 7, together with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and Highway Patrol Group (HPG), conducted a joint operation to check on the compliance of the drivers and its passengers.

          Passengers caught wearing face shields were asked to disembark.

          Drivers who were caught riding passengers without face shields will be penalized for breach of franchise, according to LTFRB 7.

First offense carries a P5,000 fine. A fine of P10,000 awaits a second-time offender while a third-time offender will be slapped with a P15,000 fine and 30-day suspension of franchise or cancellation of franchise.