Iloilo governor designs transparent shield for riders to adhere to social distancing

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  • Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. designed a transparent protective shield to be installed in between the driver and his back-ride
  • This feature prevents contact between the driver and his passenger in compliance with social distancing
  • He submitted his design to the LTO along with the proposal on the use of motorcycles and tricycles this MGCQ hoping this will provide a solution to allow back-riding on motorcycles

Despite receiving a plea from the public and even from some government officials on the request to allow motorcycle back-riding on couples and people living in the same household, the DOTr remains firm on their decision to disapprove it.  The agency said that checking on each vehicle will be time-consuming and it also doesn’t have enough workforce to do it.

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Recently, Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr made an effort to contribute a possible solution that may ease the policy. He personally designed a shield that will allow a back-rider to adhere to social distancing. The transparent protective shield is installed behind the driver. It also features a handlebar for the back-rider to hold on to while the vehicle is running.

At the same time, the governor recommends wearing crash helmets, face masks and gloves and perform sanitation procedures before and after the trip.

On June 5, Gov. Defensor Jr. submitted his design, together with his proposal on the use of motorcycles and tricycles to the LTO addressed to the Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante.

Balita Halin sa Kapitolyo Facebook Page uploaded some photos and videos of the demo.

Since then, the innovation has received mixed reactions from the public. While some lauded the governor’s initiative, others are more concerned about the safety of this motorcycle modification

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“The governor is doing everything para ma-approve ng LTO. Gusto niya talaga makasakay ang legal partner kasi naawa siya sa present situation. Whatever ang idea, let us be thankful and try if it is applicable. Thank you, gov. I hope this will be approved.”

“Looks dangerous. That metal bar could be hazardous in the time of a bad accident. Not too smart, in my opinion. And the wind drag on that thing I don’t think experienced riders with good common sense will agree to this.”

As of the moment, the LTO has not yet responded to his proposal.

What do you think of this innovation?  Watch the clip here and share your thoughts in the comment section below.