Ride-Hailing App Proposed Plastic Shield Between Rider & Passenger as Protection
The ride-hailing app ‘Angkas’ has proposed a plastic shield between the rider and the passenger as protection to allow back riding amid pandemic.
As the physical distancing is strictly implemented due to the threat of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), back riding in motorcycles has been prohibited. This is included in quarantine rules set by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).
The policy bans the back riding since the physical distancing cannot be practiced, even riders and passengers live in the same home. As a result, the local government created different ways to allow residents to ride motorcycles in tandem.
Meanwhile, since the Philippine government prohibited motorcycle taxis to operate due to physical distancing concerns, Angkas has proposed the safety measures which allow them to operate again amid the pandemic as commuters are having a hard time in the ‘new normal’ public transportation.
The plastic shield is attached to the back of the rider. The plastic shield’s height is not much higher than the rider’s head as it can be blown by a strong wind when traveling. The shield also has a handgrip for the passengers.
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