Habal-habal is a motorcycle used for public transportation. Its meant to carry not one but two or more passengers. Its faster than jeepney, can squeeze its way through traffic, yet cheaper than taxi.
Habal-habal is a common way of commuting, especially if you dont want to be part of the sardines inside the much dreaded jeepney.trekearth.com
Why is it called habal-habal anyway?
The word habal means you know to make love. Its funny that the name comes from the way people position themselves when riding.
You should feel close and create a bond with the driver, you can smell his unbathed body and the strong wind when hes driving 10 kilometers per hour too fast.
In Mindanao, habal-habal is also called ‘Skylab’, short for “sakay na, lab”. We passengers must really love the driver.plurk.com
Dubbed as the poor mans taxi, habal-habal is a popular and necessary way of transportation to commuters who are often late at school or work, or for those who are living in traffic-congested areas. For first time riders, they might feel like their lives are at risk and that putting their safety to a stranger (the driver) might not be a good idea.
It doesnt take someone to be hardcore just to ride habal-habal. Its not risky, its safe. Period.
You may have noticed that only the driver wears a helmet and you dont wear a seatbelt. Its a testament that you are safe, and that no helmet is required when you ride. Only the driver is certain to be injured should an accident happen so you dont need to worry.Flickr
Joking aside, should habal-habal be legalized?
Should it become part of the basic modes of transportation?
It has always been on the streets since I was born anyway.
One says yes. If it is legalized, then habal-habal drivers are required to provide helmets for the passengers. Its just right.
The safety of the passenger should come first since habal-habal drivers dont have insurance when an accident occurs. If a car and a motorcycle collide, its always the smaller one that meets the fatal fate.marshallcpiu.soup.io
On the other side of the coin, some people think habal-habal should be prohibited. They not only worsen the traffic, some habal-habal drivers don’t have a license and can sometimes become indiscriminate, one miscalculation and someone dies and another goes to jail.
Motorcycles should only be limited to one passenger – its only for the driver and the driver alone. Should habal-habal be phased out, it can certainly reduce accidents but on the other hand it could make jeepneys more overloaded.