Yes, the restrictions for pillion riding have eased up over the past couple of weeks, but riders must keep in mind that there still are minimum requirements that need to be met.
Even if backriding shields are no longer required for some, all riders must still wear helmets with full-face visors—examples of which are open-face, modular, and full-face. According to the guidelines set by the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19, the visor must reach the helmet’s chin.
In our previous story, we shared the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s (MMDA) recent reminder for motorcycle riders around the metro: “Kailangan abot hanggang baba ang visor o shield ng helmet. Dapat isuot ito kasama ng mask sa buong biyahe. Isa lamang ito sa mga nilabas na guidelines ng NTF COVID tungkol sa motorcycle backriding sa panahon ng GCQ.”
Unfortunately, it appears that a lot of riders are still failing to comply with these supposedly more lenient guidelines. MMDA special operations commander Bong Nebrija recently went live on Facebook to show that a good number of motorists were getting flagged down along EDSA for violating the new guidelines for pillion riders—some riders kept their helmet visors up, while some had helmets without visors altogether.
“Marami na po kaming nahuhuli. Meron po yung mga substandard na helmets. Nakailan na po kami bago pa ako nag-live. Kaya rin nag-live ako dahil nakakabahala—’yung mga napapagsabihan namin dito parami nang parami, ibig sabihin, it’s very significant,” Nebrija said at the start of the video. Look:
Nebrija said that the fine for this specific violation is P1,500, although we can’t say for sure if the MMDA officials were actually issuing tickets to the motorists or letting them slide with a warning.