Driver, passengers should wear face masks, says DOTr and DOH

Updated Feb 23, 2021 | Same topic: Latest Traffic Updates

Face masks should be worn at all times while inside the vehicle.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Department of Health (DOH) have released a statement to clarify the issue in regards to wearing face masks while inside the vehicle

Both agencies said that it is mandatory to wear a face mask if the driver is traveling with passenger/s on board the vehicle, regardless if they are from the same household. On the other hand, the driver may opt not to wear a face mask if he/she is traveling alone.  

Mandatory wearing of face masks inside cars

Drivers and passengers are required to wear face masks while inside the vehicle

This protocol is in line with the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), the DOTr, and the DOH. DOTr added that proper coordination shall be made with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and other government agencies such as the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

Moreover, the said guidelines on the wearing of face masks inside vehicles will be coordinated with the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (IACT), Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG), other law enforcement agencies, and local government traffic offices/units.  

The DOTr and the DOH will also relay the proper implementation of the said protocol as well as the appropriate fines and penalties in regards to the mandatory wearing of face masks inside vehicles.

Mandatory wearing of face masks inside cars

A driver may opt not to wear a face mask if he/she is traveling alone

DOTr Assistant Secretary Goddes Hope Libiran said that the DOTr and the DOH would discuss the fines and penalties for violators. As such, both agencies have yet to announce the necessary fines and penalties for individuals who do not abide by the said health protocol.

However, LTO’s Memorandum Circular 2020-2185 that was released last May 2020 stated that drivers and passengers of private vehicles should wear face masks at all times. This guideline is similar to what the DOTr and the DOH have released.

Mandatory wearing of face masks inside cars

Fines waived for now

Under the circular, non-compliance with the mandatory wearing of face masks inside vehicles is considered reckless driving. It has a corresponding fine of Php 2,000 for the first offense, Php 3,000 for the second offense, and Php 10,000 for the subsequent offense. 

Of note, LTO chief Ed Galvante said last week that there would be no apprehension and fines would not be imposed against individuals who do not wear face masks on board vehicles. The driver and passenger/s would instead be reminded about the mandatory wearing of face masks.

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Martin Aguilar

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Martin is the Content Editor of Philkotse. His love for cars first started when he got a remote-controlled toy as a birthday present. Then, Martin’s interest in cars was further developed through his family’s humble collection of Japanese cars.

Martin started his writing career as an editorial assistant and writer for various magazines under ABS-CBN Publishing. Before joining Philkotse, Martin was a writer for Autoindustriya then shifted gears in 2017 to become the editor for AutoDeal.

Aside from his interest in cars, Martin loves to read crime-thriller novels, play basketball in the virtual world, eat tapsilog, and go for random road trip adventures.

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