By J. Jala | 05:18 PM March 25, 2020
There will be no more backriders as the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will be strictly implementing the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) order to prohibit backrides on motorcycles in Bohol in response to health authorities’ call for the public to practice social distancing.
This is in line with the social distancing directive of the Department of Health (DOH) as a preventive measure against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Now, motorcycle drivers with backriders, relatives or not, will be issued a temporary operator’s permit and fined P5,000. Their licenses will also be confiscated.
The “no-backride” policy applies to all motorcycles including those privately owned including habal-habal (motorcycle for rent). It also does not exempt family members or relatives of the motorcycle’s driver.
The DOTr had suspended operations of motorcycle taxis’ Angkas, JoyRide and MoveIt which are mostly based in Cebu and Metro Manila.
In Tagbilaran City, LTO personnel had apprehended motorists with backriders since Tuesday.
Earlier the DOTr has banned motorcycle owners from driving with another person riding at their back.
But authorities in Central Visayas were hesitant to implement it due to some changes.
At first they allowed immediate relatives of private motorcycle drivers to backride. Then they decided again not to allow it, adhering to the guidelines set by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) on social distancing to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease.
LTO- Central Visayas Director Victor Caindec said that the violators would have a hard time getting back their licenses as most of the LTO-Central Visayas offices are closed.
He assured though that the motorcycles will not be brought to the impounding area.