22 Jul Manufacturers Express Safety Concerns Regarding Required “Motorcycle Shield” For Backriding
Mga higala! The Motorcycle Development Program Participants Association (MDPPA), an industry group composed of the country’s biggest motorcycle manufacturers like Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha, and Kymco, is now expressing its safety concerns regarding the government’s required “motorcycle shield” for backriding!
ICYDK, the said shield or barrier will be imposed starting this July 26 to couples who want to be allowed to ride together in their respective motorcycles.
According to ABS-CBN News, the MDPPA said that the proposed shield between a driver and passenger is “unsafe and unnecessary”.
The said shield, especially the one designed by Bohol Gov. Arthur Yap can “negatively affect the stability and handling of a motorcycle” and put a driver and passenger in danger:
- can cause significant wind resistance when the motorcycle is in motion
- makes it easier for crosswinds to throw the motorcycle off-balance even at low speeds
Moreover, the required motorcycle shield or barrier can also be a possible violation of the Land Transportation Office’s (LTO) modification regulations and can breach a motorcycle’s warranty.
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