MANILA - A group of motorcycle riders on Sunday warned government that protective dividers against COVID-19 for pillion riding may cause wind dragging or wind lifting.
Atoy Cruz, director for administration of Motorcycle Philippines Federation, said wearing protective gear like face mask, face shield, helmet, long-sleeves and glove should be enough for couples.
"Kinakakatakot namin d'yan, yung wind dragging at saka wind lifting na tinatawag. Maski ikaw mabagal, dinaanan ka ng mabilis na bus o truck, maaaring magkaroon ka ng problema sa handlebar mo, mag-wiggle motor mo, madisgrasya ka," Cruz told ABS-CBN's TeleRadyo.
(What we're afraid of is wind dragging and wind lifting. Even if you drive slow, if a faster vehicle like a bus or truck goes past you, you may encounter a problem with your handle bar. Your motorcycle will wiggle and you will figure in an accident.)
Cruz said the group has advised its members to focus on food and medical delivery so as not to violate physical distancing measures.
"Ang hinihingi namin somebody, an aerodynamics engineer na magbibigay talaga ng suhesiyon na ito hindi makakadisgrasya.
Local engineers na ang sumulat sa IATF na delikado yan," he said. "Nung prinesent nila, hindi pinakinggan."
(We're asking for somebody, aerodynamics engineers who will suggest that this won't be accident-prone. Local engineers wrote to IATF that this is dangerous. They didn't listen.)
"Pagka dahil sa barrier na yan may nadisgrasya, sino sasagot sa ospital dun sa mga member namin? Yan ang nakakatakot dyan eh."
(If this barrier causes an accident, who will pay for the hospitalization of our members? That's what scares us.)
Government had extended until July 31 the deadline for installing motorcycle barriers after some 10,000 riders violated the measure.
Regulated motorcycle backriding for couples has been allowed in areas of the country under general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ beginning July 10 as limited public transport modes during the pandemic made it hard for many workers to commute.