Public transport capacity increases to 50% as face coverings become mandatory


With the commencement of Phase Three of the Government's Roadmap public transport capacity is increasing to meet demands


During earlier stages of lockdown measures, public transport could get away with operating at only about 20% capacity.


Now under Phase 3 commencing today, June 29, the demand for public transport is increasing with many different businesses permitted to reopen.


This is why public transport capacity is increasing to 50% and as a result, wearing face coverings while on your journey has become mandatory.


Breaching this rule will result in sanctions, most likely to take the shape of fines, according to CEO of the National Transport Authority (NTA), Anne Graham.


Ms Graham spoke to Newstalk Breakfast and said: "Its likely that it will be enforced through fines, so if youre not wearing a face covering there will be a fine associated with not wearing a face covering, but thats something thats being worked on at the moment."


As sanctions are something the National Transport Authority is working on at present, enforcement for not wearing face coverings will be implemented in the next few weeks.


Under Phase Three travel nationwide is permitted as hotels and caravan parks have been given the green light to reopen.


The Government advises the public to only use public transport for essential reasons such as buying groceries, picking up medicine or travelling to/from work.


In a previous statement, Ms Graham added: At this stage, our focus and that of the operators in on education, awareness and giving our customers every encouragement to wear a face covering.


We are asking people to do the right thing and exercise their personal responsibility.


This is the new ask of citizens to protect others health. My mask protects you. Your mask protects me.


We would urge the travelling public to continue to behave responsibly when using public transport.