Beginning Friday, July 10, the government will allow back-riding in motorcycles but only for couples, Malacañang said.
In a virtual press briefing, Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said the Inter-Agency Task
Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease allowed back-riding for couples as long as there is a protective shield between the rider and the passenger.
“Puwede na po ang backriding para sa mga mag-asawa. May shield na kagaya ng prototype na prinopose po ni Bohol Gov. Arthur Yap (Backriding for couples is now allowed. But they should have a protective shield similar to Bohol Gov. Arthur Yap’s prototype design),” Roque said.
“Kailangan ng mag-asawa na sumunod sa minimum public health standards, ‘yung pagsusuot ng mask at saka siyempre helmet at kinakailangan mag-observe po ng minimum speed limits (The couple should also observe minimum public health standards such as wearing of face masks and helmets, and they should also observe the minimum speed limits to avoid accidents),” he added.
In Yap’s model, a barrier is placed between the rider and the passenger while a handle is placed on the side of the barrier.
The barrier should reach beyond the head of the passenger to assure his health and safety.
“Inuulit po natin na itong backriding po ay para lamang sa mga mag-asawa, para lang sa mga pribado. Hindi po kasama diyan ang Angkas dahil nawala na po ang prangkisa ng Angkas (Again, this backriding is only for couples and private individuals. Angkas is not included because it doesn’t have franchise),” Roque said.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said couples should bring a document or other proof to show that the motorcycle driver and the rider live in the same house.
The government has imposed a “No backride” policy in motorcycles since the start of the community quarantine in March due to health and safety reasons.
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier said he could not allow motorcycle back-riding because strict physical distancing could not be observed.
Duterte said he understood the predicament of those who needed to use motorcycles in bringing their loved ones to their workplaces.
“The law is hard but it is the law. Wala talaga akong magawa (I could not do anything about it),” he said.