Passengers must bring own helmets once operations of motorcycle taxis resume

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 20) — Passengers will be asked to bring their own helmets as part of safety measures once motorcycle taxis receive the go signal to ply the roads again.

Since the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) is studying the resumption of motorcycle taxi operations through a technical working group, ride-hailing firms Angkas and JoyRide have been preparing for the new normal.

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One of the safety measures to accompany the resumption of their services is requiring passengers to bring their own helmets, on top of other safety protocols like disinfection, and wearing of face masks.

“Dapat po ‘yong pasahero natin ay magdala ng sarili niyang helmet at sarili niyang face mask,” George Royeca from Angkas told CNN Philippines on Saturday.

[Translation: Passengers should bring their own helmets and face masks.]

The chief transport advocate for the company added that they have already presented prototypes of a proposed barrier between the rider and passenger called “Angkas shield” to the IATF.

JoyRide Vice President for Corporate Affairs Noli Eala said that they also have a version of the divider made of ballistic nylon fiber.

Eala expressed hope that the government can soon allow motorcycle taxis to operate again.

Motorcycle taxi services were banned by the national government, as the Transport Department did not allow back-riding to prevent further spread of the coronavirus disease.