Zamboanga City bans motorcycle backriders; extends redemption of seized driver’s licenses for 30 days


The city government of Zamboanga is set to ban motorcycle backriders starting Tuesday, March 24, while extending the redemption of confiscated driver’s license for 30 days while the city is under the enhanced community quarantine due to the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Motorcycle backriders are banned after Malacañang’s order mandating all the local government units to comply with national guidelines, the local government said.

“Barangays are directed to assist in transportation needs of their constituents for basic needs and emergencies. Private companies providing essential services authorized under the guidelines are ordered to help in the transport of their workers,” it said.

The local government also directed private vehicles accessing basic needs and goods to limit passenger to one plus the driver.

Exemptions are for vehicles of private establishments transporting employees, it said.

“Redemption of confiscated driver’s licenses (is) extended for 30 days. Please do not go to City Hall to claim at this time,” it added.

The city government reminded the public to comply with the enhanced community quarantine guidelines or “face sanctions.”

Zamboanga City has also imposed curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.