At the start of community quarantine period in the country, all forms of transportation were prohibited. When quarantine restrictions were eased, the national government slowly allowed the resumption of public transport but disallows backriders on motorcycle units. Many have disagreed on this but the national government remained firm on its decision.
Entering the fourth week of general community quarantine in Metro Manila, the Interagency Task Force on CoViD-19 has reached a decision to allow backriders on the road again, compliant to guidelines that will be set by concerned agencies. These are the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). These agencies will determine the safest and most effective way of reducing the risk of transmission in motorcycle back-riding.
The DOTr, however, clarifies that the IATF is only allowing backriding for private motorcycle units, and not with motorcycle ride-hailing apps like Angkas, JoyRide and Move It.
The department also stressed that the pilot study of motorcycle taxis had already expired last April and their recommendations were already submitted to the House of Representatives.
As of the moment, the DOTr said that they are awaiting for the Congress’ action regarding the operation and legalization of motorcycle taxis as a mode of transportation.