MANDAUE CITY, Cebu – At least 73 Public Utility Vehicles (VPUs) traveling on Cebu City routes received citation tickets on the first day of Protocol Violation Citation Ticket (PVCT) implementation .
Paul Gotiong, spokesperson for the Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO), told CDN Digital that the majority of apprehensions were of modernized jeepneys (PUJs) caught in violation of health protocols on Thursday, September 2 or the day that they started issuing the PVCT with an administrative fine of P1000.
In addition to the 73 apprehensions, two MPUJ were also impounded.
One was caught overloading passengers while the other violated social distancing protocol for the second time. The apprehended drivers were, however, able to resolve their offenses during the day.
While he cannot give the exact breakdown yet, Gotiong said there were drivers and passengers who also received a PVCT for not wearing their face masks properly.
Taxis have also been apprehended for not opening their windows while driving with passengers on board as well as for not respecting the number of seats.
He pointed out that under City Ordinance 2628 or “an ordinance penalizing any violation in connection with the implementation of general or enhanced community quarantine in Cebu City during the public health crisis including the curfew hours imposed as well as the safety and health protocols in all public utility vehicles and private motor vehicles, prescribing the use of citation tickets in case of violation â, all PUVs violating these protocols are impounded upon their arrest.
And with the continued increase in COVID-19 cases in the city, Gotiong said they could no longer afford to risk everyone’s safety.
âWe have recalled and educated the operators / drivers without apprehending them because we understand the burden on the transportation industry during this pandemic, but they still continue to violate,â he said.
Gotiong clarified that they have always exercised maximum tolerance since the creation of the revised PUV protocols until today, stressing that they do not want to disturb the cycling public.
âIn fact, any apprehension based on the city ordinance is impounded upon apprehension. Pero max lang mi tolerance because we don’t want to inconvenience the constituency audience. Kani uban nga badlongon gyud mao to gi sampolan â, he declared.
Failure to resolve their CCTO violations within 48 hours of issuance of the PVCT will be considered their first violation, Gotiong said.
For drivers and operators, they will have to pay a fine of 1,500 P and 3,500 P for the first and second offense, respectively, while their program ID CCTO or Balik Pasada will be revoked and confiscated.
As part of the revised PUV protocol in Cebu City, everyone must observe the following: correct wearing of face shield and face shield; no chatter; do not eat; opening of all LCV windows and doors, if applicable; regular disinfection of the vehicle, especially frequently touched surfaces such as, but not limited to, armrests, handles, etc. ; prevent symptomatic passengers from boarding the PUV thanks to individual body temperature control; maintain an appropriate physical distance at all times (plastic barriers must be installed, maintained and disinfected); no overload (no standing position, no double seat and no connection); and respect for the safety capacity of passengers.
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