To Combat Assassination, Guatemala Prohibits Multiple Riders on Motorcycles
By Dialogo April 10, 2009My wife and I are expecting to head to South America from the US on our motorcycle. Does this ban only apply to Guatemala City? On Thursday Guatemala's government ordered a ban on two people traveling on one motorcycle to combat killings ordered by criminal organizations, which often employ two people on two-wheeled vehicles to execute their assignments. The Deputy Director General of the National Civil Police (PNC) of Guatemala, Rembe Larios, said that this measure is intended to reduce crime against bus drivers and certain individuals from these vehicles. "This is an urgent and necessary measure, since the use of motorcycles has caused driver fatalities, and this agreement is expected to hold back the assassins’ activities," Larios told local media. Meanwhile, Deputy Interior Minister Ángel González explained that these provisions are an integral part of national security, and take into account the Constitution’s requirement that the state protect the lives and safety of individuals. The provision amends several articles of the Guatemalan Traffic Regulations, and establishes that only one person can be ride on a motorcycle, with the exception of agents of the National Civil Police (PNC) and the Municipal Transit Police (PMT). It also determines that the motorcycle license plates must be visible, and that each driver is required to wear a reflective fluorescent yellow vest with distinctive vertical and horizontal reflectors and the license number of the motorcycle printed on the back.