Mandaluyong mayor asks city council to suspend anti-riding-in-tandem ordinance to ease transport woes

Published July 10, 2020, 7:08 PM

by Jhon Aldrin Casinas

To provide the public with more transportation options, Mandaluyong City Mayor Carmelita Abalos has requested the city council to suspend the city’s riding-in-tandem ordinance when the national government allows back riding on motorcycles again.

Mayor Carmelita Abalos (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

In a letter addressed to Vice Mayor Anthony Suva dated July 4, Abalos said the suspension of the ordinance “would help ease our public transportation shortage.”

The mayor noted that the issue of allowing back riding on motorcycles amidst the threat of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has caused much debate recently following the easing of quarantine measures.

“The City is aware of the lack of public transportation experienced by the riding public on a daily basis since the start of the community quarantine,” Abalos wrote in her letter.

As more businesses have been allowed to reopen under general community quarantine (GCQ), the mayor said “there is an even greater need” to provide the public with alternative modes of transportation.

“In light with this, and once the IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases) and the DOTr (Department of Transportation) allow back rides, I am requesting our Sangguniang Panlungsod to immediately suspend the implementation of our Riding-in-Tandem Ordinance,” she wrote in her letter.

In 2014, the local government of Mandaluyong City enacted City Ordinance No. 550 which prohibits two men back riding on motorcycles along the city’s streets. The measure was amended in 2018 through Ordinance No. 694. Exempted from the ordinance are female back riders, a male relative within the first degree of consanguinity, and children between 7 to 10 years of age.

According to the city government, the measures seek to prevent crimes and violence allegedly perpetrated by criminals riding-in-tandem on motorcycles.

On Thursday, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año announced that back riding on motorcycles by couples will be allowed starting Friday (July 10).

 
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