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Garbin: Riders’ family members should be allowed to back-ride on motorcycles

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Ako Bicol party-list Alfredo Garbin Jr. on Saturday said motorcycle riders should be allowed to have one back-riding passenger, especially if the passenger is a family member, such as the spouse or child.

“If the IATF (interagency task force on Covid-19) will continue to allow motorists to have passengers within their privately-owned SUVs, cars, and utility trucks under GCQ and lifted quarantine conditions, then they must also allow motorcycle riders to have one back riding passenger,” he said.

Garbin argued that the prohibition on motorcycle passengers did not reflect realities on the ground.

“The logic behind the prohibition appears to be inapplicable to couples and immediate family members because family members reside in the same house,” he said.

“The perceived benefit of social distancing does not exist in a household, wala naman social distancing ang isang pamilya sa kanilang tahanan. Kung ating iisipin rin, ang mga sumasakay sa motor ay mga naka mask at helmet na. Palagay ko’y sapat na itong compliance,” Garbin said.

“Sa katunayan, ang contact tracing nga unang ginagawa sa household nang isang taong positibo sa Covid infection. Ito ay patunay lamang na ang magkakasama sa bahay ay exposed sa isa’t isa. Natural lamang ito dahil kadalasan ang mag asawa at pag minsan, ang mga anak o magkakapatid ay magkakatabing natutulog, he said.

“Kung hindi sa kanila applicable ang reason ng prohibition, perhaps it would be appropriate for the IATF or the DOTr to modify the prohibition on back riding by allowing family members to back ride,” he said.

“Dapat lamang na naka helmet at mask sila at may maipapakita na katunayan na sila nga ay magkapamilya,” Garbin added.