LTFRB orders PUVs to use passenger contact tracing app

Updated Jun 24, 2021 | Same topic: Latest Traffic Updates

All PUV operators must comply within 30 days.

Since March 2020, concerned government agencies are coming up with different ways to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 in the transport sector. The latest effort implemented is the mandatory use of the passenger contract tracing app ordered by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

LTRFB Public Advisory June 2021

Public Advisory from the LTFRB

The mandatory passenger contract tracing is instituted following the LTFRB Memorandum Circular No. 2021-041 that was published last June 21, 2021. Here are the following guidelines PUV operators must be implemented to their public utility vehicles (PUVs) for the next 30 days:

  1. Register at the StaySafe.ph application and create a QR Code
  2. Post the QR Code on doors and inside the PUVs so passengers can immediately see
  3. Require all passengers to use the QR Code when boarding and leaving the PUVs
  4. Provide the data gathered from the contract tracing app to the LTRFB in accordance with the provisions of the Data Privacy Act 
  5. Coordinate with StaySafe.ph when it comes to the collection and use of the data gathered for contract tracing

EDSA Busway

EDSA Busway [Photo: patrickroque01]

LTFRB has also reminded its “7 Commandments” that every commuter must follow when using public transportation as per the recommendations by health experts:

  1. Always wear a face mask and face shield
  2. Accepting phone calls are not allowed
  3. Eating is prohibited
  4. PUVs must provide proper ventilation in the cabin
  5. Disinfection must be conducted from time to time
  6. Passengers who have symptoms of the COVID-19 are not allowed to use public transportation
  7. Social distancing must be observed at all times (one-seat apart rule)

In line with this, the LTFRB allows commuters to rate PUV drivers between one to five stars depending on various categories including the driver’s behavior, cleanliness of the vehicle, safe driving, and more. This can also help the government agency track down PUVs who are not following strict safety protocols.

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Rex Sanchez

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Rex started off his career in the aviation industry before entering Philkotse as a staff writer. Two things excite him the most: first is staying up to speed with the latest news in the industry that uses engines as their heart and soul. The second is imparting them in a well-detailed manner. His passion for anything with wheels started when he was young – from Tamiyas to family-friendly sedans, and anything in between.

Someday, Rex only wishes to drive on random highways with friends in a third-gen Mitsubishi Delica with aftermarket sunroofs, if he couldn’t get the Starwagon Super Exceed edition.

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