Government Allows Motorcycle Backriding for Couples Living in the Same Household
Last March 16, President Rodrigo Duterte has announced the placement of the entire Luzon including
other islands to undergo community quarantine due to the quick spread of coronavirus disease. The
government starts to blocks and suspend all types of transportation, such as flights, sea travels,
PUV’s and even motorcycle back riding. We know that motorcycles are one of the easy ways of
means of transport. It is more fast and convenient especially in the Philippines where traffic is
everywhere. Nowadays, a motorcycle can also use for business purposes. Of course, we are all
familiar with Angkas, Joyride, Grab, Lalamove, Food Panda, and other businesses related to
After a couple of months of community quarantine, the government finally allow the back riding of
motorcycles starting July 10, 2020, for GCQ and MECQ areas. But this was only privileged for couples
whether married or live-in partners as long as they are living in the same household or address.
There are also documents needed to bring upon inspection or checkpoint such as marriage
contract, ID’s with the same address, or other papers to prove that they are living in the same
house. Another requirement is to put a barrier between the driver and passenger. However, family
and other relatives living in the same household are not covered by this new directive.
A barrier for motorcycles should have a handle at the side for the passenger to hold. And it should go above the head to be sure that saliva that brings viruses won’t splash or spread. Also, rider and passenger must wear a mask and protected helmets. The government is also asking suggestions in public if they have other designs for motorcycles that could use to prevent spreading viruses.
Due to the virus, most public transportations are suspended these days and only limited trains and buses are allowed to travel here in Metro Manila. Furthermore, social distancing is strictly observed for commuters riding in buses and trains.
Because of the said announcement, many people have different opinions and reactions to the new directive. Many of them were grateful in this regulation since they endure a hard time getting to work for a long time. Others also suggested that the government will also allow any member of the family including parents, siblings, and children to back ride as long as they are living in the same household.
Nowadays, a motorcycle is one of the most essential ways of transportation especially to some essential workers and front liners. Though local governments offered free rides for them but having a motorcycle is much more convenient.
This implementation was part of adapting the new normal way of living in our country. Based on the World Health Organization (WHO), coronavirus disease will last until the end of this year. However, Cebu City is not yet allowed for motorcycle back riding seeing that they are still under Enhanced Community Quarantine.
Many commuters are also asking if when will be the resume of motorcycle taxis such as Angkas and Joyride. We can’t deny that a lot of people in Metro Manila use this mode of transportation to avoid traffic jams and expensive fare in taxis. But as of now, due to the threat of the Covid-19 virus, these motorcycle taxis are not yet granted and authorized by the government.