Congressmen to IATF: Please Allow Motorcycle Backriding

Date posted on June 10, 2020
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More public servants have been asking IATF to consider allowing motorcycle backriding.


One June 7, Quezon City Fifth District Representative Alfred Vargas pleaded the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases to allow motorcycle backriding and the use of motorcycle-hailing apps again while wearing personal protective equipment. Vargas said he is aware of the reservations of allowing motorcycle backriding but he reasons that providing acceptable mobility arrangements for people is important. He emphasized that people waiting in the street for hours and then spending hours in a bus are more prone to be infected with COVID-19 than those riding motorcycles with masks, goggles and personal protective equipment. He also asked for compassion and rationality while finding acceptable ways so people can safely go back to work and provide for their families.

Quezon City Fifth District Representative Alfred Vargas (photo taken from congress.gov.ph)

“I am aware of the reservations because of the risks of COVID-19 infection. But we are now in the mode of restarting the economy and easing quarantine rules. We have to provide acceptable mobility arrangements for them rather than just open the floodgates for people to go back to the streets and fight for the non-existent public transportation,” expressed Vargas.

This sentiment was voiced out as well by Ang Probinsyano party-list Rep. Ronnie Ong who said that couples and family members should be allowed to ride motorcycles together. Ong said that it does not make sense that people living, eating and sleeping together in the same household be apprehended for being in the same vehicle or riding together in a motorcycle, supposedly violating physical distancing rules by the IATF.

Ang Probinsyano party-list Rep. Ronnie Ong (photo taken from congress.gov.ph)

LGU’s in different parts of the country have also asked the IATF regarding this matter in the previous weeks, but so far the government and IATF are keen on the prohibition of motorcycle backriding.

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