Tricycles and Pedicabs Are Now Allowed on National Roads

Tricycles, pedicabs, and other vehicles with sidecars are now permitted on national roads to help ferry passengers as certain mass transport systems remain prohibited under general community quarantine (GCQ), Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on June 4.

This comes after workers, commuters, and employees struggled to get to work and back home due to the limited operations and capacity of mass transport systems. With only a few passengers allowed to ride and some transport vehicles still banned from roads, some have even resorted to walking for miles just to get to where they need to be.

“Nagkaroon na po ng bagong polisiya, pinapayagan na po ang [sasakyan na may] sidecar sa national highways para maibsan ang kakulangan sa transportasyon ngayong GCQ at modified GCQ,” Roque said in a briefing.

Sidecars are allowed, but Roque clarified that backriding on motorcycles is still prohibited—even if the backrider is married to the motorcycle driver.

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“Ang mag-asawa po, kapag lumabas, makakahalubilo po sila ng ibang tao at baka makahawa kaya hindi pa rin po pinapayagan ang backride. Wala pong social distancing diyan [sa motorsiklo],” Roque explained.

Metro Manila was under enhanced community quarantine from March 16 to May 31, prompting the ban of mass gatherings, mass transport, and temporary closure of businesses in order to contain the spread of COVID-19.

On June 1, Metro Manila shifted to GCQ, which is looser and less restricted than ECQ. Under GCQ, employees could return to work physically, but operations were will scaled down. Mass transport was allowed to resume operations, but could only ferry a few passengers to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Main image by Iloilo Wanderer on Wikimedia Commons.

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