Bus Drivers Are No Longer Allowed To Overload Buses Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

The Department of Health (DOH) confirmed this March 10 that the total number of coronavirus cases within the Philippines had gone up to 33. Different government units and agencies have been steadily reacting to the declaration of a state of national public health emergency through various actions.

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(DOH Releases Information on the 33 Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in the Philippines)

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) announced on Tuesday that bus drivers will no longer be permitted to overload buses. To overload means to board an excess number of passengers.

This is done in order to avoid overcrowding the public utility vehicle which could facilitate the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

“Under our existing rules, (allowing standing passengers is buses) is allowed to a certain extent, but we are not allowing overcrowding especially in this time of national emergency. Operators and drivers are hereby told: overcrowding is not allowed,” said LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra.

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