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NEW RULES FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT VEHICLES

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It will soon not be business as usual in public transport vehicles

Use of one pen to be pro­hib­ited in pub­lic trans­port

No use of cell­phone as this will force the user to re­move mask Trans­port pas­sen­ger fares go up from Septem­ber

There is likely to be rad­i­cal changes in­tro­duced very soon to the way pas­sen­gers con­duct them­selves when com­mut­ing in pub­lic trans­port.

 

This comes af­ter the Depart­ment of Road Trans­port and Safety (DRTS) ob­served with re­gret that pub­lic trans­port could be a key con­trib­u­tor in the un­wanted spread of Covid-19 in some of the al­ready recorded cases in Botswana. Among the wor­ry­ing trends is that pub­lic trans­port pas­sen­gers of­ten pro­vide fake per­sonal de­tails when fill­ing out Covid-19 con­tact trac­ing forms. This, in turn, makes it im­pos­si­ble for such peo­ple to be reached when the need arises.

 

DRTS Di­rec­tor Bokhutlo Mo­dukanele told this pub­li­ca­tion they have since ad­vised pub­lic trans­port op­er­a­tors that pas­sen­gers should not be fully trusted with reg­is­ter­ing their names on the forms. In­stead, a con­duc­tor or driver should bear the full re­spon­si­bil­ity of en­sur­ing that all pas­sen­gers on­board give out their full names and other per­sonal de­tails on the pro­vided reg­is­ter for easy Covid-19 con­tact trac­ing. They fur­ther ad­vise reg­u­lar hand sani­tis­ing for all.“It is of­ten hard to get hold of such peo­ple but all we want is to min­imise po­ten­tial spread of the virus, this is why we rec­om­mend that a driver or con­duc­tor be the ones to fill in those forms,” Mo­dukanele said.

 

They have fur­ther ob­served that the shar­ing of one pen by pas­sen­gers also poses high risks of con­tract­ing Covid-19. “We have been told by DRTS that Batswana will have to pro­duce their Omang as proof that they are giv­ing out their true names and not just ly­ing for the heck of it,” said a Ga­bane Kombi op­er­a­tor Thabo Le­sope this week. Le­sope said that they have been trained on what is ex­pected of them as pub­lic trans­port op­er­a­tors, adding that they have been warned that should peo­ple not com­ply, they will be held solely re­spon­si­ble. He noted that they also do not ad­vise on the use of cell phones as some cus­tomers end up tak­ing off their masks for clear and proper com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Mean­while, Mo­dukanele said that they have found it fit con­duct train­ings for pub­lic trans­port op­er­a­tors within the greater Gaborone zone and will soon be host­ing train­ings coun­try­wide.

 

This comes af­ter the Depart­ment of Road Trans­port and Safety (DRTS) ob­served with re­gret that pub­lic trans­port could be a key con­trib­u­tor in the un­wanted spread of Covid-19 in some of the al­ready recorded cases in Botswana. Among the wor­ry­ing trends is that pub­lic trans­port pas­sen­gers of­ten pro­vide fake per­sonal de­tails when fill­ing out Covid-19 con­tact trac­ing forms. This, in turn, makes it im­pos­si­ble for such peo­ple to be reached when the need arises. DRTS Di­rec­tor Bokhutlo Mo­dukanele told this pub­li­ca­tion they have since ad­vised pub­lic trans­port op­er­a­tors that pas­sen­gers should not be fully trusted with reg­is­ter­ing their names on the forms.In­stead, a con­duc­tor or driver should bear the full re­spon­si­bil­ity of en­sur­ing that all pas­

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