The Department of Land Transport has instructed all public transport operators to strictly comply with the government and Transport Ministry measures to contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus, director-general Jirut Wisanjit said today (April 28), while advising people on ways to prevent the risk of infection while travelling.
“We advise passengers who travel by public transport such as buses, taxi cabs, pick-up truck taxis or motorbike taxis to wear masks, refrain from making telephone calls while travelling, and wash your hands with alcohol gel after touching public surfaces,” he said.
“For taxis, we recommend that passengers sit in the back to maintain safe distance away from the driver.”
He advised all public transportation drivers to first undergo self-cleaning to watch if they have any Covid-19 symptoms such as fever, coughing or sneezing.
“We have recommended that they, too, wash their hands regularly with alcohol gel or water and wear a mask while providing services,” Jirut said. “If any passengers cough or sneeze, the driver must turn off the air conditioner and open the windows to avoid the virus from circulating in the vehicle.”
He said that public transport companies must have hand-sanitising gel, open windows for good air ventilation and undertake a thorough cleaning before and after providing services.
“They must use 70 per cent alcohol for cleaning public vehicle interiors if any passenger coughs or sneezes while travelling,” Jirut said.
He said public transport operators must see that passengers keep a safe distance of at least two metres between each other by arranging seats accordingly and marking areas for standing in buses.
“Every passenger terminal must screen all passengers, drivers and staff before they are allowed to travel,” Jirut warned.
“Operators have the right to refuse service to any passenger whose temperature is higher than 37.5 degrees Celcius or to those who do not wear masks or do not comply with the government’s measures to contain the spread of the virus,” he added.