The unvaccinated are now forbidden from using public transportation starting tomorrow.
The “No Vaccine, No Ride” policy will be implemented on all public transportation to, from, and within Metro Manila on Monday, Jan. 17 by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and its affiliated organizations.
Unvaccinated passengers will not be allowed to use public transportation in the National Capital Region under Department Order No. 2022–001 issued by the railway, road and maritime sectors (NCR). Covid vaccine cards or any Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) – recommended document must be presented with a government-issued ID with a passport and address by passengers.
Exemptions from the “No Vaccine, No Ride” policy include those who have a medical condition that prevents them from receiving the full dose of the Covid vaccine, as documented by a medical certificate signed by their doctor and including the doctor’s name and contact information.
Also, a valid barangay health pass or other proof of travel is required for those who intend to purchase vital products and services such as but not limited to food, water, medicine, medical equipment, public utilities, electricity, and medical and dental essentials.
As long as the IATF maintains an alert level of 3 or above in Metro Manila, the policy will stay in place.”The whole of government approach” is being used to ensure that this policy gets implemented, Assistant Secretary for Road Sector Mark Pastor stated in a news briefing on Friday, Jan. 14.
“The DOTr is enforcing a new traffic regulation by working with local governments, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) and the MMDA,” Pastor said.
Aside from law enforcement officers, Pastor said the DOTr will send out “mystery passengers” or employees dressed as regular passengers to make sure the policy is being followed correctly.
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chairman, Martin Delgra, reminded commuters to first show their vaccination cards to drivers before paying for the ticket when taking Public Utility Vehicles (PUV), notably jeepneys.
The DOTr warned PUV operators and drivers that non-compliance with the policy would be regarded as a breach of “relevant general safety and health regulations under any concession or service agreements, authority or permits to operate public transportation.”
Depending on the seriousness of the offense, the PUV franchise may be suspended or revoked in addition to paying fines ranging from P1,000 to P10,000.
Also, passengers who break a local government rule face fines ranging from P500 to P5,000 or imprisonment of five days to six months.
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