MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers (PSME) insists that the use of a physical barrier in motorcycle back-riding is not safe.
A study conducted by the PSME said that scientific analysis showed that barriers will bring a negative effect on the safety and health of motorcycle riders, as well as on the economy and the environment.
“Our position is based on the science and engineering of how air interacts with moving bodies, or in the engineering community, we call it fluid dynamics or aerodynamics. Based on our analysis, the barrier may contribute negatively to safety, health, economy, and environment,” the PSME said in its statement.
Barriers will affect the aerodynamic or wind forces that a running motorcycle can withstand based on its design, and pose problem its stability.
“When the motorcycle is in motion, the barrier will contribute to the change of the designed allowable aerodynamic forces (drag and lift) which will compromise the stability of the motorcycle. This will place the safety of the riders at risk,” the group added.
The National Task Force against COVID-19, however, said that it will push through implementing the use of barriers in motorcycle back-riding as they see it as a necessity.
The task force also extended the deadline of the installation of an approved design of barriers on motorcycles.
“Halos tatlong linggo ‘yong binigay na grace period para sa ating mga authorized back-riding individuals na maka-produce nitong mga barriers na gagamitin nila para dito sa ating implementasyon,” said JTF COVID Shield Commander, PLtGen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar. — (with inputs from Asher Cadapan, Jr.) /mbmf
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