CDO authorizes back-riding on motorcycles within the MECQ
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The local government here announced on Wednesday that “backward driving” for the motorcycle rider public is allowed despite the imposition of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).
Benedicto Y. Ramiro, administrative officer with the city’s Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA), during an online press briefing, said the rollback is allowed provided passengers are first health care and authorized persons outside the home (APOR).
“As long as they follow health protocols by wearing their helmets and children should not be allowed,” he said, adding that the “barriers” are no longer necessary.
Concerns about “rolling back” have been addressed by the RTA following inquiries from the public who rely most of their transportation needs on motorcycles.
The “motorelas”, the local public transport on motorcycles, are under the management of the city, which, according to Ramiro, no longer requires a special permit as long as the capacity remains at 50%.
He said failure to follow these rules will be penalized based on the existing order and will be issued citation tickets or order violation receipts.
Other modes of public transport, such as jeepneys and taxis, are overseen by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) which is required to obtain a special permit to operate based on omnibus guidelines established by the group. Interagency Working Group for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.
Meanwhile, LTFRB 10 (North Mindanao) director Aminoden Guro said that in addition to observing 50% capacity, in public transport, drivers are also urged to impose the Seven Commandments formulated by health experts.
These always include the wearing of a face mask and a face shield, the ban on taking calls inside the public service vehicle, the ban on eating inside the PUV, a good ventilation, frequent disinfection of PUVs, prohibition of symptomatic passengers and respect for physical distancing.
“We have only issued special permits to those who have a valid franchise or a certificate of public utility or probationary authority,” he said.
The agency, he said, also provided chartered buses for free transportation to transport healthcare workers and the APOR who could find themselves stranded in the city. (ANP)