Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia signed an Executive Order on June 2 which will allow motorcycle backriding within the province of Cebu.
Under her Executive Order No. 19, a motorcycle rider may carry one passenger provided that both will be wearing the certified helmets and proper riding gears.
However, the EO does not include motorcycle for hire operations as the rider cannot charge fare.
Her office found no existing law that disallows motorcycle backriding.
Citing Republic Act No. 4136, otherwise known as the Land Transportation and Traffic Code, which does not prohibit the use of private motorcycles to transport passengers provided that the passenger is a relative by consanguinity or affinity within the fourth civil degree to the owner and shall not be used to solicit, accept or be used to transport passengers or freight for pay.
The EO also invokes Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991, which states that provinces shall exercise powers necessary, appropriate, or incidental for its efficient and effective governance and those which are essential to the promotion of general welfare, health, and safety, including the provisions of services to control communicable diseases.
A big percentage of Cebu’s more than 5 million residents depend on motorcycles for work and without adequate public transportation, especially for persons living in the mountains and far-flung areas, back-riding is a neccesity.
This will only be effective when the Provincial Board approves it hopefully when it resume on Friday June 5 and becomes a Provincial Ordinance.
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