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Wearing of Face Masks While Riding is Required in Public, Private Vehicles

Drivers and riders who will be caught not wearing face masks while driving is now a violation, according to Land Transportation Office (LTO).

LTO director Clarence Guinto announced that drivers and riders who will be caught not wearing face masks will be flagged down and fined due to reckless driving. Also, passengers who failed to wear face masks are not exempted.

Face Masks Driving
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Private vehicle violators will be fined P2,000 for reckless driving, while public vehicles will be fined P5,000, according to Guinto. They must wear a face mask regardless if they are from the same household.

“Kung galing kayo sa isang bahay, di rin nasasabi sa regulation, dapat mag-face mask pa rin. It does not distinguish kung magkasama kayo sa bahay or hindi as long as you are 2 or more,” he said.

On senior citizens, Guinto added that the LTO is still looking into the possible effects of wearing face masks while inside an enclosed vehicle. “We can always review this. We’ll look into this. May exemption naman pag mga emergency,” he said.

The public may also contest enforcers’ citations to their office. “Di natin pinapayagan ang maling enforcement. We encourage the public kung may situation na you feel aggrieved, mali ang enforcement, you can always contest the citation within 5 days,” he said.

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