Motorcycle riders’ group: Delikado ang protective barrier para sa driver at angkas

Robie de Guzman   •   July 10, 2020   •   733

Nagpahayag ng pagtutol ang isang grupo ng motorcycle riders sa paglalagay ng protective barrier sa mga motorsiklo bilang requirement para makapag-angkas para sa mag-asawa.

Ayon kay Motorcycle Federation of the Philippines director Atoy Sta. Cruz, walang dahilan para lagyan pa ng barrier ang pagitan ng mag-asawa na magka-angkas sa motorsiklo dahil halos maghapon at magdamag naman itong magkasama sa bahay.

Sapat na rin aniya ang pagsusuot ng helmet bilang proteksyon dahil may kasama naman itong face shield bilang proteksyon kapag umaandar na ang motorsiklo.

Sinabi rin ni Sta. Cruz na kung pagbabatayan ang disenyo ng ilalagay na barrier ay sagabal pa ito sa rider lalo na kung magpapakarga ng gasolina dahil nasa ilalim ng upuan ang gas tank.

Naniniwala rin siya na mapanganib ito para sa seguridad ng naka-angkas lalo na kung masasangkot sa aksidente ang motorsiklo.

“’Pag naaksidente kayong mag-asawa, may posibilidad na yung metal frame n’ya ay tumusok sa backride n’ya o sa asawa mo na angkas mo,” ani Sta. Cruz.

Aniya, aerodynamics ang disenyo ng motorsiklo at maaaring hindi makatulong sa balanse ng rider ang pagkakaroon ng protective barrier sa kanyang likuran.

“’Pagka nilagyan mo n’yan, wala na ‘yung asawa mo, pauwi ka na. nakatapat ka na malakas ang hangin baka maging windbreaker ‘yan. Magwi-wiggle ang motor mo, masisira ang balance ng rider,” ang sabi niya.

Epektibo na ngayong araw ang pagpapahintulot sa mga mag-asawa na sumakay sa motorsiklo.

Sa operasyon ng Highway Patrol Group sa kahabaan ng Commonwealth Avenue ngayong Biyernes, may mga sinita silang motorcycle riders dahil bumiyahe nang walang protective shield.

Hindi naman sila hinuli ngunit sinabi ni Joint Task Force Coronavirus Shield Commander Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar na maaari silang hulihin sa mga susunod na araw kung hindi pa rin susunod sa requirement ng Inter-Agency Task Force.

“Wala namang nagbabawal sa atin mga pulis na hulihin ‘yang mga ‘yan kasi nga bawal at kung merong paglabag sa panuntunan,” ani Eleazar.

“Kaya makikiusap tayo, pero basically tayo at nananawagan sa ating mga kababayan na kung kayo ay gagamit ng mga motorsiklo na wala pa itong mga barrier na ito na mayroong shield, ay ‘wag na kayong lumabas, ano ba naman ‘yung 115 days na kayo po ay sumunod d’yan. I-comply muna ang requirement bago kayo lumabas,” dagdag pa niya. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea YLagan)

Safety reminders for motorcycle riders

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 1, 2019

After the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has allowed app-based motorcycle taxi Angkas to operate, authorities reiterate the safety reminders when riding a motorcycle.

READ: DOTr allows motorcycle ride-hailing firm Angkas to legally operate

All motorcycles should be registered at the Land Transportation Office (LTO). They must also follow various speed limits.

MOTORCYCLE SPEED LIMIT

  • 80 kph on open country roads with no blind corners
  • 40 kph on “through streets” or roads clear of traffic and without blind corners
  • 30 kph if there’s light traffic and it’s not a through street
  • 20 kph everywhere else

For EDSA and other main roads in Metro Manila, the blue lane is strictly implemented for motorcycle riders.

According to EDSA Traffic Manager Bong Nebrija, motorcycles use the blue lane for them to be visible to other motorists.

“Ang hirap sila makita kasi kung nasaan saan sila so we decided na dito lang muna kayo para lahat ng mga vehicles truck man iyan kotse man iyan o other motorcycles (It is very difficult to monitor their location so we decided to place them here so that all vehicles including trucks or other motorcycles) they would know that they should look out for motorcycles,” he said.

There should also be one passenger or back rider. Carrying a cargo should only be limited to ‘luggage carriers’ approved by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

A motorcycle should also have the following:

  • Headlights
  • Tail lights
  • Signal lights
  • Brake lights
  • Side mirror
  • Horn

The LTO also allowed motorcycles to have supplementary LED or high-intensity discharge lamps. However, the LTO said it should be pointing downwards.

Motorcycle riders should also wear closed shoes and not sandals or flip-flops.

Children passengers, meanwhile, are not allowed on public roads where traffic is heavy and fast unless…

  • The child can comfortably rest his/her feet on the foot peg
  • The child’s arms can reach around and grasp the waist of the driver
  • The child has a helmet
  • In emergency situations

Nebrija also reminded the motorcycle riders not to stay close to big trucks and always keep their headlights on even during day time.

“Para makita sila maging visible sila kasi ang liit ng profile ng motor hindi ba you could hardly see it. Ang kultura pa naman ng Pilipino hindi sila sanay to watch out for motorcycles (So that they can be visible because a motor’s profile is very small you could hardly see it. One Filipino culture is they are not used to watch out for motorcycles),” he said.—AAC (with reports from Mon Jocson)

MMDA, LTO to fine barefoot, slipper-wearing motorcycle riders

Robie de Guzman   •   March 13, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) clarified on Tuesday (March 12) that there is no law banning motorcycle riders from wearing shorts.

MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said in a press briefing in Makati that existing traffic rules and regulations only penalize those who are wearing slippers, barefoot and not wearing the proper helmet, as clarified by the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

Garcia said motorcycle riders wearing slippers will be fined with P500 while those not wearing proper helmet will be fined with P1,500.

He stressed that the LTO only made suggestions as to what motorcycle riders should wear to be safe while on the road. These protective devices include helmets, goggles, leather boots and protective clothing such as heavy pants and jacket.

Garcia also reminds motorcycle riders to turn on their headlights when traversing streets or highways in Metro Manila as mandated by local traffic rules and regulations.

Traffic law violators may face a penalty of P150 for first offense, P300 for second offense, and P500 and a one-month license suspension for the third offense. – Robie de Guzman

Motorcycle riders urge Duterte to veto Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act

FREEMA Gloria   •   March 8, 2019

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — A group of motorcycle riders from the motorcycle-riding community in the country continued to express their opposition to the legislation of the Senate Bill Number 1397 or the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act of 2017 by holding a vigil in Mendiola, Manila, Thursday night.

The motorcycle riders appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to veto the said proposed bill.

Some provisions in the said bill, include the mandatory replacement of the existing motorcycle plates to a bigger one with prints that can be read even from 12 and 15 meters away; utilization of identification marks; regulation or limiting the number of back-riders and other items used in motorcycle.

The provisions are meant to prevent the incidents of riding-in tandem crimes.

Jobert Bolaños, chairman of the Motorcycle Rights Organization said no criminal would use his own plate when committing an illegal act.

Bolaños added, availing new plate numbers from the Land Transportation Office would mean additional expenses for the motorcycle riders.

The group also found it too much to pay a P50 fine for each lost plate number.

Both chambers of Congress already passed the said bill which is now awaiting the President’s signature.

The Chief Executive has 30 days, which ends on March 8, to decide whether to veto or approve the said bill.

Should President Duterte fail to state his decision on the proposed bill after the allotted 30 days, it will automatically be considered a law. — Freema Salonga-Gloria (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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