PB to IATF: Reconsider ‘divider’ requirement

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THE Provincial Board (PB) has appealed to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases to reconsider its divider requirement for motorcycles.

It approved the resolution authored by Sixth District PB Member Glenn Anthony Soco entitled, “Appealing for reconsideration in requiring motorcycle riders/owners to install the pre-approved design or motorcycle pillion-divider or shield” during its regular session on Monday, July 27, 2020.

The resolution said the requirement should be changed since installing a divider between the driver and the passenger is not effective. Aside from being expensive, it may even cause an accident.

“Inasmuch as the genuine intention to promote and maintain strict compliance with strict health protocol is acknowledged, the imposition will pose more problems than help. Considering that no consultation and test runs were made, the efficacy of the device is not assured. There is no scientifically-proven fact that it is safe,” the resolution said.

The PB believes the solution to the problem of possible transmission of Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), doesn’t have to be expensive.

It suggests that the wearing of a full-faced, front-covered helmet, jacket, gloves and face masks is more effective in preventing infection.

This way, motorcycle owners, many of whom have been affected by the lockdowns imposed since March, don’t have to spend to buy the divider or to have it made.

“The installation of the makeshift device is fundamentally unsafe as it contradicts the concepts of drag and lift coupled by wind/air pressure while a motorcycle is running. In fact, as per statements by actual motorcycle riders, the barrier poses difficulty in balancing and maneuver. Moreover, it may result in greater injury in case of accidents since the device is made of sharp and rigid materials,” the resolution said.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) earlier lifted the ban on motorcycle backriding as long as the passenger was the spouse or girlfriend/boyfriend or live-in partner of the driver and they complied with requirements.

Since it is impossible to impose physical distancing in a motorcycle, the DILG came up with the idea of installing a divider.

Soco, in his resolution, hopes the DILG officials will look into the matter so motorists won’t have to spend extra. (ANV / PJB)