Backriding prohibited in motorcycles — DOTr

Published March 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Allysa Nievera

The Department of Transportation temporarily banned backrides on motorcycles to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade (Department of Transportation's  Official Facebook Page / MANILA BULLETIN)
DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade (Department of Transportation’s Official Facebook Page / MANILA BULLETIN)

In an interview with DZMM on Monday, DOTr Undersecretary Artemio Tuazon said the ban of backride is part of the agency’s guidelines on social distancing in transportation.

“Regulations on social distancing…so kung susundin po natin po yun hindi po pwede yung merong backride sa mga may motorsiklo.” Tuazon said.

(Regulations on social distancing…if we will follow, backride on motorcycles are prohibited)

“Hindi puwede iyong mayroong backride sa mga motorsiklo. Isang tao lang po ang puwedeng isakay sa motorsiklo,” he added.

(Having a backride is not allowed, only one person can ride a motorcycle.)

The undersecretary also said that the virus might transmit easily if backrides will be allowed.

“Dikit na dikit po ‘pag magka-angkas sa motorsiklo. E di iyong paglipat po ng virus, malaki po ang pagkakataon na mangyari iyon,” he said.

(People are very physically close when riding a motorcycle, there is a big chance that the virus might be transferred)

Tuazon clarified that only motorcycles used as public transportation were suspended.

The operations of motorcycle taxis’ Angkas, JoyRide and MoveIt were suspended starting today, March 16.

Meanwhile, Transportation Network Vehicle Services (TNVS) Grab suspended its ride share feature which picks up several passengers in one ride.