Barriers for motorcycle back riders ‘unsafe’ and ‘useless,’ say netizens

Iya Gozum
The barriers required by the national government’s lockdown implementers raise serious concerns for their safety and effectiveness in containing the coronavirus

MANILA, Philippines – The national government’s task force against the coronavirus has finally approved the request of motorcylists to be able to travel with pillion riders, although for limited types of passengers.

Commuters who are on social media have a problem with the task force’s requirement for a barrier to be installed between the driver and the passenger. They say it makes the ride dangerous since the barrier may resist the wind and cause imbalance to the riders.

It also doesn’t make sense to separate cohabiting couples that way when they sleep together anyway, they said. (LOOK: Approved motorcycle barriers for protection vs COVID-19)

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto questioned the roadworthiness of the “untested modification” and suggested having it tested by experts first before full implementation.