By Jonathan Hicap
Tricycles are now plying the streets in Muntinlupa under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) following strict sanitary guidelines to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi has signed Executive Order No. 15 s.2020 allowing the resumption of tricycle operations in the city during MECQ in accordance with the recommendation of the MTMB and Omnibus Public Transportation Guidelines as approved by the Department of Transportation.
According to the Muntinlupa Traffic Management Bureau (MTMB), a total of 4,174 tricycle drivers who have renewed their permits have been allowed to operate starting on May 25.
Under the guidelines, tricycles can only transport frontliners, workers of industries allowed to operate under MECQ and heads of households buying essential goods to limit people’s movement.
Each driver is given a quarantine pass with a QR code to signify that he is a registered tricycle driver.
“Odd” and “even” stickers are also attached to tricycles. Under this, tricycles with Tricycle Regulatory Unit (TRU) numbers ending in odd digits will be allowed to operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and those with even digits can operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 5AM to midnight. No tricycle operation is allowed on Sundays.
To date, the MTMB has distributed 2,761 stickers and quarantine passes to tricycle drivers from 26 tricycle operators and drivers associations (TODA) in Muntinlupa.
However, tricycles are prohibited from entering the Muntinlupa national road and highways except in emergency cases. Crossing the national road is also not allowed except at Rizal Street in Barangay Poblacion and Bautista Street in Barangay Bayanan.
Each tricycle can only transport one passenger at a time unless it’s an emergency case and the maximum fare allowed is P25 per trip.
Tricycles are also required to have a transparent plastic sheet as partition between the driver and passenger. Tricycles should be disinfected at least twice a day and must have alcohol-based sanitizers. Drivers and passengers must also wear face masks at all times.
Mandatory temperature check will be conducted and disinfecting facility with soap and water, or sanitizers, will be made available at tricycle terminals.
Tricycle drivers found violating the guidelines will be fined P1,000 for first offense, P2,000 for second offense, and revocation of permit for the third offense.