Authorities may have loosened restrictions on backriding during Metro Manila’s renewed general community quarantine (GCQ) period, but there are still some important guidelines to consider. One of them is that both the rider and his or her passenger must be wearing a helmet equipped with a full-face visor.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) took to Facebook over the weekend to remind everyone that helmets with full-face visors are required for pillion riding during GCQ. This is on top of the masks everyone must wear when leaving their residence. To make things clear for the riding public, the agency also provided several examples of approved helmets. Look:
“Ayon sa NTF [National Task Force] COVID, required ang pagsuot ng helmet na may full-face visor para sa drayber at angkas ng motorsiklo ngayong GCQ. Narito ang mga halimbawa nila,” the MMDA’s post reads.
“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.”
Basically, there are two things to keep in mind here: The first is that your helmet must have a full-face visor, and the second is that the visor must be able to cover the rider’s chin.
A few days ago, National Task Force for COVID-19 announced that some pillion riders in GCQ areas are no longer required to fit backriding shields on their motorbikes, provided that the riders are from the same household and that they are authorized persons outside residence (APOR). Motorcycle taxi services like Angkas, meanwhile, are still prohibited.
Frankly, we think the use of helmets with full-face visors is a much more sound idea than the potentially unsafe shields required prior to Metro Manila’s renewed GCQ. Do you agree?