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Motorcycle Separator May Compromise Rider Safety

In an article by ABS CBN News, the country’s top motorcycle manufacturers all made a joint statement regarding the installment of a ‘pillion shield’ on motorcycles. Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha all stated that the said shield is hazardous to passengers and can possibly void the warranty of brand-new motorcycles.

It may be recalled that the installment of a shield on a motorcycle has been recommended to allow back-riding amid COVID. The said shield is said to minimize means of transmission of the virus from rider to passenger and vice versa. The proposition has been initially submitted by Bohol Provincial Governor Arthur Yap and is being considered by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF). Moreover, the agency will be imposing a fine on those caught without the motorcycle ‘shield’ starting July 26.

In a statement released by the Motorcycle Development Program Participants Association, Inc. (MDPPA), it stated that additional fixture/s will affect the stability and handling of a motorcycle.

“The proposed pillion shield will create significant wind resistance when the motorcycle is in motion. Not only does it drastically reduce aerodynamic efficiency, it also makes it easier for crosswinds to throw the motorcycle off-balance even when running at low speeds,” excerpts from the official statement of the Motorcycle Development Program Participants Association, Inc. (MDPPA).

The association also highlighted that brands Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha undergo years of planning, design, and development to ensure the safety of the passengers of the vehicle.

MDPPA also explained scenarios in times of accidents.

“Having a barrier behind the rider makes it difficult to do so as it could keep him pinned on his seat as the motorcycle slides out of control. Moreover, portions of the steel frame of the pillion shield could accidentally break off and cause additional, possibly fatal injury to both rider and passenger,” adds MDPPA.

The group also reiterated that the helmet can serve as personal protective equipment (PPE).

“As far as COVID-19 infection prevention is concerned, a motorcycle rider’s situation is arguably much better than those sitting inside an enclosed vehicle breathing recirculated air,” the group added. Read more: Putting a separator will compromise safety or riders, top motorcycle manufacturers say, an article by ABS CBN News.

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