LTO reminds motorists to strictly follow quarantine guidelines or face penalties

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 26) — The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has reminded motorists to strictly follow quarantine rules or risk penalties.

In an interview with CNN Philippines on Tuesday, LTO Chief Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante discussed additional guidelines set for motorists saying the list was in accordance with the rules stated in the Bayanihan Act.

"May mga pag-uutos doon kasama na yung pagsusuot ng mask at social distancing, at gumawa ng pamantayan yung...Inter Agency Task Force," he said. "At base dun sa nilabas nilang pamantayan ang DOTr (Department of Transportation) ay nagsagawa rin ng hakbang at inutusan ang mga ahensiyang nasa ilalim nito na tutukan yung mga ipinatutupad."

[Translation: There is an order there saying masks should be worn as well as social distancing, and the IATF made the guidelines. And based on these guidelines, the DOTR acted and ordered the agencies under it to keep an eye on what has to be done.]

Galvante added that LTO would also be among the government agencies tasked to enforce the rules set for vehicles plying the roads. He also said there would be no drastic measures except for the laws under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.

For instance, not wearing a mask would fall under reckless driving or breach of franchise conditions, and fines range from P2,000 to 15,000 plus the cancellation of the Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC). Violation of physical distancing would fall under overloading.

Meanwhile, drivers who are not classified as authorized person outside of residence (APOR) will face a violation of driving without a license, and public utility vehicles which do not have a special permit to operate will be tagged as colorum.

He stressed that motorists must wear masks at all times, even when inside their vehicles.

Galvante said enforcers will be deployed to help check whether safety measures are being followed.

He also offered additional advice for motorists who need to renew their licenses.

"Kung tumama yung supposed renewal, yung last day of validity during the period with the quarantine, binibigyan sila ng 60 days upon the lifting of the quarantine to renew," he said

[Translation: If the supposed renewal falls on the period of quarantine, they have 60 days upon the lifting of the quarantine to renew.]

But for those whose licenses expired prior to the community quarantine, they must pay a fine upon renewal. However, LTO offices will only operate in areas under GCQ. Motorists may process their papers only if they are authorized to leave their homes.