Philippines

LTFRB: Commuters may be asked to give personal info to PUVs for virus contact tracing

COMMUTERS may have to surrender their personal information before boarding public utility vehicles (PUVs) as transportation authorities seek to firm up its method of contact tracing.

Once Metro Manila is put under a general community quarantine (GCQ), operators of PUVs would be required to have a logbook for their riders, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said in Memorandum Circular 2020-019.

Drivers and conductors must provide a passenger contact form, where information such as name, contact number, type of service, date and time of trip, plate number of unit, and destination must be filled out by riders before they could board the vehicle, the memorandum said.

The memorandum covers all PUVs—jeepneys, taxis, buses, UV Express.

“The facilitation of contact tracing will be in practice for the duration of the operations of PUVs under the period of GCQ,” the memorandum said.

Meanwhile, operators of provincial and point-to-point buses, and UV express in GCQ areas outside Metro Manila will facilitate the contact tracing.

“On the part of passengers, we are requesting and appealing to them to also take note of the public transport they ride so just in case, contact tracing will be easy,” LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra 3rd said in a Laging Handa virtual briefing on Monday.

Delgra also urged riders to take advantage of ride-hailing apps, such as Grab, since they have records of both the drivers’ and passengers’ travel histories.

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