MANILA, Philippines – The motorcycle barrier design which allows couples to backride is already approved, the National Task Force COVID-19 said.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced ths said approval. Lorenzana is the current chairman of the said task force.
The said designs were the motorcycle barrier designs of taxi service company Angkas and Bohol Governor Arthur Yap.
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said that both designs were the most compliant to health policies. He said that the NTF saw that the proposals of Angkas and Yap reached that standard that the government health standard set.
Año said, “We encourage the motorcycle-riding public to utilize these two prototypes that the NTF approved.”
“We are expecting everyone to comply with these standards,” he added.
The Angkas’ design is similar to that of a backpack.
DILG chief said that its design consists of a lighweight yet high density material. It also features a handle that the backride can hold on to during the trip.
He added that this is also visible when driving in roads.
Año noted that the second design is much simpler. It is because the driver just has to attach the barrier to himself, instead of the vehicle.
Motorcycle barriers only helpful for couples
Lorenzana clarified that the come back of backriding is only exclusive for couples.
He said that those covered in the provision are common law couples, husband and wives, and live-in partners.
The NTF previously announced the said comeback after public appeal to allow backriding. Commuters deemed that this will help them transport from their houses to work and vice versa.
After tthe government decided to “re-open” the economy, congestion in public transport terminals became a big concern.
Some employees went as far as biking or walking kilometer to get to their destinations.