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Press Release

18 May 2017

Children’s Safety on Motorcycles Act to take effect on May 19

 


Photo taken by Chat Naval-Grafilo, retrieved from Top Gear Philippines.


Children are now banned to board motorcycles starting this Friday, May 19, 2017 in accordance with the Children’s Safety on Motorcycles Act of 2015 or Republic Act (RA) 10666 signed into law on July 21, 2015 by former President Benigno Aquino III.

As stipulated in the Act’s Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR), the law covers all public and major roads, particularly where there is a high-density of fast moving vehicles or where there is a speed limit of not lower than 60 kilometers per hour.

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) as the lead implementing agency of the Act, clarified in an earlier report that children are still allowed to ride motorcycles given that they are abiding to the Act’s IRR.

Only children who can reach the foot peg of the motorcycle, can wrap their arms around the driver’s waist and is wearing a standard protective helmet or gear will be allowed to ride in a motorcycle with an adult.

It also specified that children sitting in front or between the riders of the motorcycle will not be allowed.

Exemptions of the law will only apply to cases where a child needs immediate medical attention.

On the first offense, violators will be fined P3,000; second offense will be fined P5,000; and third offense will be fined P10,000 and a one-month suspension of the driver’s license. Those who will be caught beyond third offense will have their licenses revoked by LTO.

The Council for the Welfare of Children strongly supports the enactment of Children’s Safety on Motorcycles Act of 2015 to ensure the safety of every child on the road.


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