Another backrider shield gets green light


THE government has approved another design of the motorcycle barrier or shield which can be used by married couples and live-in partners traveling on two wheels.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Ano said that the two designs were among the several proposals submitted to the National Task  Force for COVID-19 chaired by Sec. Delfin Lorenzana that complied with the minimum  health standards set by the Inter-Agency Task  Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID).

The first prototype which was designed by Bohol Governor Arthur Yap was met with criticisms and opposition.

Although back-riding is initially allowed for husbands and wives, common-law couples and live-n partners, Ano said that he does not discount the possibility that more people will be given the green light to back-ride once the COVID-19 situation improves.

“We encourage the motorcycle-riding pubic to utilize these two prototypes na inaprubahan na din namn ng NTF kaya inaasahan natin na ang ating mga kababayan ay makikiisa at susunod sa pamantayang ito,” the DILG chief said.

The recently-approved second design is, like a backpack, worn and strapped on the motorcycle driver and was initially proposed by motorcycle taxi platform Angkas.

Ano explained that Angkas’ plastic shield apparatus, just like the first design approved by the NTF, is a requisite for all those who are allowed to back-ride.

He said that the new approved shield barrier is made of lightweight, high-density plastic, allowing road visibility with handles that can be used by the backrider.

“This second approved design is somehow simpler as it will only be strapped to the motorcycle driver and not mounted directly on the motorcycle itself, unlike the first design. Maganda din naman na mayroong option ang ating mga kababayan but as of today, both are already approved to be used,” he added.

Debuted by Angkas last month, the second design has gained public support and was shared on various social media platforms.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte released a city-wide memorandum that allows “alternative design of the barrier (from Angkas, JoyRide) that may be used in addition to the Bohol design.”

The DILG chief reminded all back-riding couples to just present the required IDs at quarantine control points or to law enforcers to be allowed to travel together.

Ano emphasized that the public’s cooperation and discipline are crucial in the fight against the deadly  coronavirus.

He maintained that in addition to the motorcycle barrier or shield, back-riding couples must always wear their facemask, helmet, and abide by traffic rules

Earlier, Ano reminded police officers to be the first ones to adhere to government regulations.