In the Philippines, the government recently relaxed the community quarantine guidelines, which gradually reopens up the economy. Thousands of workers are finally allowed to go to their offices, provided they follow strict health and safety protocols.
Honda Philippines joins the country’s fight against COVID-19 as it helps to promote safety protocols, such as physical distancing, through its motorcycles that provide a safe mode of mobility. Although public transport will be operational, there are still lots of limitations to ensure social distancing among passengers.
In Metro Manila, the resumption of public transport systems will be done in two phases, says the Department of Transportation. The first phase coves June 1-21, 2020 while the second phase covers June 22-30, 2020.
For Phase 1, augmented trains and buses, taxis, transport network vehicles (TNVs), shuttle services, point-to-point buses, bicycles, and tricycles can operate but, with limited passenger capacity while provincial buses are not allowed to enter Metro Manila. For Phase 2, public utility buses, modern public utility vehicles (PUVs), and UV Express will be permitted to operate with limited passenger capacity, along with the initial set of transport modes allowed to run during Phase 1.
Since all transport modes will remain limited, it may take longer for the public commute to get to their destinations, especially as the mass transportation systems need to take safety precautions to keep Filipinos safe from contacting COVID-19. For Honda Philippines, Inc., this situation reinforces the need for motorcycles as a convenient and safe mode of solo transportation, helping riders get to their destinations faster and safer.
While anticipating the increase of solo riders on the road, it is most important that road safety must be observed at all times. Road safety experts from Honda Safety Driving Center in Parañaque City, Metro Manila listed some of the key things you can do to stay safe on the road while observing physical distancing:
Check your motorcycles.
You will most probably need to use your motorcycle more often now, because of the limited transportation. However, the quarantine probably left your motorcycle collecting dust the past months, which is why a thorough motorcycle check is important before hitting the road.
Wear proper protective gears.
All riders are required to wear a helmet and a mask when riding a motorcycle. A complete safety gear with gloves, leather jacket with an elbow and back support, and knee pads are also perfect for your riding. It pays to wear these gears to ensure your safety on the road.
Follow traffic rules and guidelines.
Aside from traffic rules, riders must also follow and be aware of the additional guidelines set by the authorities. It is also as important to bring necessary documents, such as your license, working certificates, valid IDs, among others, since authorities may require you to show them in checkpoints.
New riders need to take note of these rules and regulations to avoid any unnecessary rookie mistakes so for the newbies, keep in mind to check both sides before changing lanes and use turn signals, only use the horn to communicate with other riders, and simply be alert at all times. At this point, all road users should be aware that everyone has equal rights on the road and should not be taken advantage of.