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Gov. Yap says prototype barrier design has forced riders in Bohol to 'slow down'

Bohol Governor Arthur Yap on Friday said the use of motorcycle barriers in their province has actually made riders to limit their speed.

The province's prototype design, which shows that a barrier is placed between the rider and passenger, was approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force, meaning it could already be used by back-riding couples.

In an interview on Dobol B sa News TV, Yap assured the public that the design has been tested by the provincial government.

"Tinetest po namin 'yan, isang buwan na po naming tinetest 'yan. Dahil nga doon sa sinasabing parang hindi angkop, 'yun nga ho 'yung napansin namin dito na napupuwersa tuloy ang mga tao na mag-slow down," Yap said.

"Para po doon sa nagsasabing hindi ito safe, wala naman po talagang replacement doon sa safe driving kaya 'yun rin po ang hinihingi namin sa mga tao, siyempre please drive safely and baka i-lower ninyo pa 'yung speed limit ninyo," he added.

He said motorcycles are the only mode of transportation in Bohol; therefore, the engineering department of the local government really came up with a design that will protect the riders and passengers.

Yap also noted that no accident was reported in the province following the use of the said kind of barrier.

"Wala naman ho... sabi ko nga parang napipilitan din silang mag-slow down eh. Nagi-slow down sila. Ina-adjust everyday, hinihigpitan 'yung mga screw tapos nagagamit naman ho namin," he said.

Yap said the cost for installing the barrier is at least P700 in Bohol.

The governor also said the province is open for other designs of barriers which could be used in back-riding.

"We are sharing the design with anybody kasi ang daming ginagawa. Hindi naman sinasabi ng lalawigan ng Bohol that that is the only design possible... if they come up with a better design at na-approve ng IATF, gagayahin din namin sa Bohol 'yun kaya sana they would also share the design with us." Yap said.

The government has allowed back-riding on motorycles but only for couples and partners living in the same residence.—AOL, GMA News