DILG assures safety of IATF-approved motorcycle barriers

Published July 25, 2020, 2:35 PM

by Chito Chavez

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Saturday maintained government-approved motorcycle shields or barriers do not cause accidents.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año (Photo from Philippine Information Agency / MANILA BULLETIN)
DILG Secretary Eduardo Año (Photo from Philippine Information Agency / MANILA BULLETIN)

DILG Undersecretary and spokesperson Jonathan Malaya stressed this with some motorcycle riders still insisting the approved shield design could affect the aerodynamics of their vehicles, especially if there are strong winds.

Citing a recent incident where a motorcycle equipped with a shield made of glass figured in a road mishap, Malaya clarified the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) approved motorcycle shields should be made of acrylic or any other similar material.

In a separate interview with GMA News, Malaya said they are still considering other shield designs, urging those interested in submitting their ideas to do so before its full implementation on July 31.

Prior, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año announced they will be allowing pillion-riding on motorcycles with an IATF approved shield mounted on the vehicle beginning July 10 but only for couples living in the same house.

“Both motorcycle riders and drivers should also wear face masks,’’ Año noted.

 
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