A divider on a motorcycle might not be safe, a party-list solon said.
While Ang Probinsiyano party-list Rep. Ronnie Ong welcomed the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to allow couples on motorcycles he said it would be better to scrap its requirement of placing a divider between the two riders.
Ong is one of those who proposed to IATF to allow backriding for couples and family members living under the same roof.
He pointed out that placing a divider between back-riding couples is not only useless and impractical but it also poses great danger not just to motorcycle riders but also to other motorists and pedestrians.
“We are happy that the IATF-EID has finally listened to our call to allow motorcycle back-riding for couples. I just hope however that the task force would just forego with its shield requirement. I don’t see any reason why a divider or a shield is required for couples who eat, sleep and even take a bath together. Nagbibigay lang ng matinding peligro sa kalsada yang shield na yan,” Ong said.
Ong added that this requirement to place dividers on motorcycles is now the subject of complaints among riders as it has become a convenient tool for extortion by corrupt traffic enforcers.
Instead of a physical divider or a shield being installed on motorcycles, Ong said riders should just be required to wear full-face helmets, face masks, long sleeves shirts or jackets, long pants, gloves and closed shoes.
Ong expressed hope that this policy will be extended to other family members as long as they have proof that they live together and comply with other health protocols.
This would greatly reduce the number of commuters who are stranded everyday due
Filipinos are now relying on bicycles and motorcycles in their daily commute because of the limited number of and the reduced passenger capacity of public transportation due to health and social distancing protocols.
Ong added that allowing motorcycle riders to ferry their family members is actually safer than compelling them to take public transportation along with complete strangers who are all potential corona virus carriers.
He said that it is also easier to conduct contact-tracing if a rider or a passenger is infected with the virus because of his or her limited human interaction compared with people who take other forms of public transportation.