DIMAPUR, JUNE 12: Following its decision to allow plying of taxis and autorickshaws on odd-even basis, Nagaland Government on Saturday announced modified/additional conditions to streamline the system for the safety of both the driver and passenger(s).
According to the new rules, taxis and autorickshaws would be permitted to carry a maximum of 2 passengers, without any in the front seat.
If any passenger is found without wearing a mask, the offender as well the driver of the taxi/autorickshaw would be fined Rs 200 each.
“As far as possible, the driver of the taxi or the autorickshaw should disinfect the frequently touched area such as door knobs, door handles, etc., after every trip, and should compulsorily keep hand sanitizer 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. Testing shall be free of cost.
“All the drivers coming into contact with the public may be vaccinated at the earliest as per criteria of the Government of India, and pending complete vaccination, they should carry COVID-19 negative test result valid up to 15 days. However, a driver who has a full vaccination certificate, the COVID-19 negative test result may not be required”, it stated.
And, if the driver completely isolates himself/herself by putting a plastic barrier/sheet in the vehicle between the driver and the passenger, he/she may be exempted from the requirement of carrying COVID-19 test report, the order read.
“Mingling and overcrowding with other drivers and crowding at the taxi/autorickshaw stand(s) should be avoided. Any driver showing COVID-19 like symptoms such as fever, cough, cold, loss of smell/ taste, diarrhea, etc., should immediately isolate and get tested”, it added.
The Deputy Commissioners & Chairmen of District Task Forces on COVID-19 have been advised to immediately take steps for to ensure adherence to these additional guidelines.
(Page News Service)