What’s the use if couples kiss for goodbye after ride: Recto on motorcycle barrier

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Senator Ralph Recto is questioning the use of barrier as requirement for married couples and live-in partners who want to ride together in motorcycle.

“What’s the use of a barrier when couples hold hands in going to the motorcycle, and kiss each other goodbye after the ride,” the senator said in a statement July 11.

“As a virus shield, it is as effective as installing a concrete road divider on the matrimonial bed,” he added. “Isn’t the protection offered them by the motorcycle barrier during the day cancelled by their intimacy at night?”

He also added that there is also the question if such an untested modification will compromise the roadworthiness of the bike and the safety of driver and passenger.

“Please don’t get me wrong, I do commend well-meaning initiatives to get breadwinners who ride pillion on motorbikes on the road again, but such should get the green light from science,” he explained.

“Before we flag this off, can we please subject it to test runs and workshop review by experts? Or can we just ask health experts if a couple who sleep together at night without masks can safely ride a motorcycle together with masks and helmets on,” Senator Recto said.

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo M. Año earlier said that a prototype design submitted by Bohol Governor Arthur Yap was adopted by the National Task Force for COVID-19 and shall be adhered to. 

“Yung prototype model na sinubmit ni Gov. Arthur Yap, approved na ‘yan ng NTF at ito yung pinaka-prototype na gagamitin natin,” Secretary Año said.