The decision to allow motorcycle back-riding for couples is just an answer to public clamor, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.
According to the Palace official, only couples are allowed for pillion riding because that’s the request of the public during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) period when operations of public transportation were suspended.
This follows an earlier announcement by Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) will allow back-riding for couples starting July 10.
Roque added that when flagged by authorities, couples should present an identification card and a photocopy of their marriage contract. Roque also said that a rider is still not allowed to ride a motorcycle with a child or a sibling.
Back-riding couples are also required to wear face masks, helmets, and comply with the speed limit in accordance with public health and road safety standards.
Angkas, and other motorcycle taxis are still not allowed to go back on the road as they have no existing franchise to allow their operation.