TAXIS AND UBER CAN OPERATE BUT WITHOUT PASSENGERS NEXT TO THEM AND WITH THE WINDOWS OPEN
Taxi and platform transport services like Uber can continue to operate, but they should restrict access to the front seat and ensure “air renewal and cleaning of surfaces”, it has been announced today.
In an order signed today by the Minister of Environment and Climate Action, João Pedro Matos Fernandes, to safeguard the operation of “essential services” during the state of emergency by the Covid-19 pandemic 19, it is stated that taxis and TVDE (individual transport) and paying passengers in vehicles that are not on an electronic platform) can continue to operate.
However, in these transport services, “access to the front seat must be restricted, and the renewal of the interior air of vehicles and the cleaning of surfaces must be careful”, recalls the restrictions in the note, which comes into force. at 00:00 Monday.
The Ministry of Environment and Climate Action also informs that, “to ensure the proper functioning of taxi transport services, mayors can define exceptional traffic conditions”.
This includes movement restrictions “on even days for vehicles with an ‘even’ registration number” and “on odd days for vehicles with an ‘odd’ registration number”,’ the trustee says.
As for the public transport companies Soflusa, Metropolitano de Lisboa, Metro do Porto, Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos do Porto (STCP) and the light meter concessionaire on the south bank of the Tagus, the government stresses that these entities must guarantee “the limitation of the number maximum number of passengers transported to a third of the capacity of the vehicle, in order to guarantee the safety distance”.
They must also ensure “adequate thresholds for the provision of the public passenger transport service during winter hours on all lines and lines on which they operate”, which should not be lower than 30% in the metro and 40 % in road and river transport.
In this public transport, it will also be necessary to ensure the availability of information “which makes it possible to respect the safety distances between passengers and the adoption of other behaviors which minimize the risk of contagion”, as well as “the rotation and segregation of teams of workers” and “The reduction, as far as possible, of the possibilities of contact between the personnel responsible for the operation and the passengers”.
The “cleaning and disinfection of facilities and equipment used by passengers and other users” must also be guaranteed, the dispatch said.