Kohima, June 19 (NEx): The Deputy Commissioner and Chairman DTF Kohima, Gregory Thejawelie, issued additional measures to streamline the public transport system for the safety of both the driver and the passenger(s) for strict compliance.
The DC notified that Taxis are permitted to operate with a maximum of 2(two) passengers only and without any passenger in the front seat and if any passenger is found not wearing mask, the offender and the driver of the taxi shall be fined an amount of Rs. 200/- each.
The notification also said the driver of the taxi should disinfect the frequently touched areas such as door knobs, door handles, etc. after every trip, and should compulsorily keep hand sanitizers in the vehicle.
The production of negative COVID-19 test report by the driver may be from any of the tests-RAT/RTPCR /TrueNat/CBNAAT and testing shall be free of cost. Drivers willing to get vaccinated are to submit their names to the RTO, who may forward the list of names to be tested to the Chief Medical Officer, Kohima for necessary action.
Drivers who have availed both doses of COVID vaccination shall be exempted from the above measure at clause (d). The driver is to carry a copy of the vaccination certificate with him at all times. Pending complete vaccination, the driver should carry COVID-19 negative test result valid up to 15 days. However, if the driver completely isolates himself by putting a plastic barrier/sheet in the vehicle between the driver and the passenger, the driver of such a vehicle may be exempted from the requirement of carrying COVID-19 test report, the DC notified.
Mingling/overcrowding with other drivers and crowding at taxi stands is strictly prohibited and any driver showing COVID-19 like symptoms such as fever, cough, cold, loss of smell/taste, diarrhea etc. should immediately isolate and get tested.
The DC also cautioned that any action(s) in contravention with the above stated shall be deemed to have committed an Offence punishable under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code and relevant provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005.
The DC entrusted the Regional Transport Officer, Kohima for enforcement of the directives and said the order shall come into force with effect from the date of issue of this order, June 17th, 2021.