4 Riders Arrested For Violating Back-Riding Guidelines
NEW BACK-RIDING RULES – Recently, 4 riders were arrested for breaking the new guidelines for back-riding in Quezon City.
On Monday, authorities imposed the new back-riding guideline in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19. But, just a day later, authorities have caught their first batch of violators.
According to an article from ABS-CBN, chief Wilson Doromal of the PNP-NCR, the arrested individuals were neighbors, in-laws, and siblings. Unfortunately, the COVID task force only allows married couples and live-in partners to back-ride.
As such, This caused a lot of confusion to hundreds of residents due to the vagueness of the rules.
Meanwhile, others emphasized that if married couples and those living together would be allowed, people living within the same house like siblings should be allowed as well. However, the rules say otherwise.
Aside from the rule, motorcycles should also have a screen between the driver and the back-rider. Apparently, this was designed to prevent the transmission of the virus between the driver and the back-rider.
But, this makes absolutely no sense to many since, in the first place, both the rider and the passenger would still go home to the same house together, defeating the barrier’s initial purpose.
Authorities fine arrested individuals by increasing amounts. Failure to use plastic barriers and inability to present evidence of marriage or live-in could be fined P1,500 for the first offense, P3,000 for the second, and P5,000 for the third offense.
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