Gov’t approves backpack-like motorcycle barrier design; governor sees barrier as “dangerous and no sense”

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The National Task Force (NTF)  against COVID-19 has approved another barrier design for motorcycles to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said motorists can now use a barrier designed like a backpack worn by the vehicle’s driver.

Government earlier approved a barrier design attached to the motorcycle after it allowed backriding for couples.

Meanwhile, Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla described the physical barrier design for motorcycles, which has been approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases, as “Dangerous, inconvenient, and does not make sense.”

“Dear IATF: Thank you for the new Backride Policy for Couples. Unfortunately, kung sino man ang gumawa ng backshield design instruction ay kailanman hindi sumakay ng motor,” the governor said in a Facebook post.

“It is dangerous, inconvenient and most importantly, it does NOT make sense!”

Remulla said wearing a face mask, jacket, and helmet should be enough for the passengers as government earlier said only couples are allowed due to the low chance of COVID-19 transmission in a household.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government earlier allayed safety concerns of motorists on the use of the barrier, which Remulla said might affect balance when riding a motorcycle.

The use of motorcycles has increased due to the lack of public transportation as the country continued to battle the COVID-19 pandemic./Stacy Ang

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