Two passenger maximum for taxis

in News · 05-05-2020 11:45:00 · 1 Comments

Taxis and transportation vehicles from electronic platforms (TVDE) with five seats can only transport a maximum of two passengers, in addition to the driver, according to an order published in the Diário of the Republic (DR).

The diploma, published on Monday in a supplement to the DR and in force since the same day, states that "the front seats must be used only by the driver, and the maximum occupancy of vehicles by passengers cannot exceed 2/3 of the remaining seats" .

That is, in the case of a five-seater vehicle, the driver can only carry two passengers, taking into account the rule of two thirds of the available seats. Before the declaration of a state of emergency, four users could be transported in a five-seater vehicle: three in the rear and one in the front.

Since the first period of the state of emergency, the transportation of passengers in the front seat, next to the driver, was prohibited, which is maintained with the order now signed by the Minister of Environment and Climate Action, João Matos Fernandes.

Public transport started to circulate on Monday with a maximum capacity of two thirds of its capacity and users must wear masks or visors, due to the covid-19 pandemic, with fines of between 120 and 350 euros.

Within the scope of the new state of calamity plan and the end of the state of emergency, public transport will restore full hours or reinforce the offer to meet the maximum capacity of two thirds of its capacity.

"The use of masks or visors in the use of collective passenger transport is mandatory", determined the Government, referring that the non-compliance "constitutes an infraction", punishable by a fine of a minimum value of 120 euros and a maximum of 350 euros.

On the first day of implementation of the measure in public transport, PSP fined three people and prevented 320 from continuing their trip for not wearing a protective mask, which became mandatory in this new phase of combating covid-19.


Does it make a difference? It would have been nice if the Portugal News had investigated what percentage of taxi rides usually has more than 2 passengers in a 5 seater.

Overall this is another ridiculous decision as usually complete strangers don't share a ride and very often people from one household would be in one taxi.

By John Dough from Lisbon on 06-05-2020 08:49
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