The court determined that Internacional Travessias, the company that manages the ferry boat, it is mandatory to adopt sanitary protection measures against Covid-19, such as demarcation of distance, availability of gel alcohol and use of personal protective equipment by workers.
The judicial decision also establishes that the State Agency for the Regulation of Public Services for Energy, Transport and Communications of Bahia (Agerba) must inspect the implementations. The determination came out on Saturday (10), but was only released this Wednesday (14).
In the document, the Court established a period of 10 days for implementation, in addition to a daily fine of R $ 50 thousand, with a limit of R $ 300 thousand, in case the actions are not complied with. This fine applies to both Internacional Travessias and Agerba.
Through a note, Internacional Travessias and Agerba informed that they have not yet been notified by the courts. Agerba also said that it notified the company and that it is monitoring and inspecting compliance with the determinations.
The court’s decision came after a complaint by the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Bahia (MP-BA) about the agglomerations. In the document, the MP-BA reported that it sent several letters for four months, to find out which biosafety measures were being implemented.
Internacional Travessias reportedly replied that it was complying with rules, such as issuing awareness-raising audios, making demarcations on the ground to establish a distance of 1 meter, cleaning surfaces and boats and halving the number of passengers.
Agerba, on the other hand, initially reported that it indicated the operation with half of the passengers, and then started to make weekly reports on the performance of Internacional Travessias in the execution of the biosafety measures.
Still in the document, it is said that Agerba made several notifications against the company. Earlier this month, the agency reported that Internacional Travessias had already received 555 tax assessments from 2014, when it took over transport, until 2020.
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