- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Department of Health (DOH) issued a joint statement that says drivers and passengers should wear a mask even if they are inside a private vehicle
- The two departments said that this is now mandatory and that is regardless if they are from the same household
- If the driver is traveling alone, then he is not required to wear a mask
- Passengers of public transportation systems have long been required to wear both a face mask and a face shield
The DOTr and the DOH issued a joint statement where it is required for both driver and passengers to wear face masks even if they are inside a private vehicle.
"When the driver is with passenger/s, it is mandatory for all individuals inside the vehicle to properly wear a face mask, regardless if they are from the same household," the joint statement read.
The only time that an individual may take off face masks is when he is driving alone.
LTO Law Enforcement Service Acting Director Clarence Guinto previously stated that non-wearing of masks is considered as an instance of "reckless driving," Inquirer stated.
ABS-CBN reported that LTO director Clarence Guinto said that the fine will be P2,000 for private vehicles and P5,000 for public vehicles.
Social media users also expressed their opposition against mask wearing inside private vehicles considering that at-home family members do not wear masks, Interaksyon reported.
Aside from the issue of the masks, LTO has also been controversial due to the Car Seat Law and the private motor vehicle inspection centers (PMVIC), which would require a P1,800 payment for an inspection and another P900 in the event that the vehicle fails in the first inspection.
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