Group nixes 'no relation, no back-ride' policy

Posted at 08/11/14 1:56 PM

MANILA – A motorcycle riders' group believes that the proposal to ban two people who are not related from riding a single motorcycle is a wrong way to tackle the rising number of crimes involving motorcycle-riding men.

Arturo Sta. Cruz, director of the Motorcycle Philippines Federation, believes that the best way to solve crimes of such nature is to improve police visibility and accessibility.

''Kung may krimen kaming nakikita, wala kaming matawagan eh. Ang pulis, kulang sa two-way radio… Dapat ibalik nila ang highway patrol sa kalye,'' Cruz told dzMM.

Cruz added banning two unrelated people from riding a single motorcycle might trigger huge protests not only in Metro Manila, but in Visayas and Mindanao as well where motorcycle is considered a fast, efficient and cheap means of transportation.

Senator Vicente Sotto III earlier said the Senate will discuss a proposal to ban two people who are unrelated from riding a single motorcycle, in a bid to lessen crimes involving ''riding-in-tandem'' men.

Sotto said he also plans to consolidate into the proposed bill another measure which seeks to ban children aged 12 and below from riding motorcycles along national roads and highways.

Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) founding chairman Dante Jimenez, in an interview on dzMM, said policymakers must reconsider this proposal, saying it is a clear violation of human rights.

He again stressed his call to bring the death penalty back in the country.