Update: Malacanan Palace has since reportedly rescinded the approval for tricycles on national roads. We'll update this story as needed.
A couple of days ago, Department of Interior & Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said that since back-riding on motorcycles is still not allowed during General Community Quarantine, he suggested riders to connect a sidecar to their motorcycles in order to bring their relatives/loved ones to work.
Now while this may seem like a temporary solution, Año's recent statement contradicted with what the DILG already declared as illegal a few months ago. About four months ago, the DILG announced that tricycles are no longer allowed to ply along national roads. Under the DILG's Memorandum Circular 2020 – 036, tricycles, pedicabs, and motorized pedicabs are now barred from traveling along national highways.
This issue irked the public since putting a sidecar on a motorcycle means it will be converted into a tricycle, making it illegal to be driven on national roads. But that may change.
Malacanan Palace has just announced that motorcycles with sidecars will be allowed to travel along national highways. In a press briefing earlier today, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that there is now a new policy in place which will allow sidecars to travel on national highways.
"Nagkaroon na po ng bagong polisiya, pinapayagan na po ngayon ang mga sidecars sa national highways. Iyan po ay para maibasan yung kakungalan sa transportasyon ngayong nag-GCQ na at MGCQ na sa maraming areas," said Roque.
[A new policy has just been introduced allowing sidecars to be on national highways. This was done in order to ease the transportation shortages in areas that are now under GCQ and MGCQ.]
Roque did not go into detail as to what the new policy declares. However, given that the policy is still new and still unpublished, we expect it to not yet be in effect. Perhaps in the coming days the DILG or Malacanan Palace will issue a memorandum of sorts that will explain everything. In addition, there is no word yet if all national roads will allow the traveling of motorcycles with sidecars.