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Motorcycle Helmet Laws As Of August 2012

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Helmet Law Drive Starts Next Week

MANILA, Philippines --- Law enforcers of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will start apprehending and fining motorcycle drivers and riders caught using substandard helmets next week.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) authorized LTO law enforcers to stop moving motorcycles whose drivers and riders would be spotted not wearing protective helmets bearing the Philippine Standard (PS) mark or the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) issued by the Bureau of Product Standards (BPS).

The joint administrative order (JAO) of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and DTI on the implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act 10054 or the Motorcycle Helmet Act of 2009, which obliges motorcycle drivers and riders to use protective motorcycle helmets with PS and ICC seals, will be strictly implemented by August 1.

Under the JAO, motorcycle drivers and riders caught driving without wearing the standard protective motorcycle helmet will be fined P1,500 for the first offense, P3,000 for the second offense, P5,000 for the third offense, and P10,000 for the fourth and succeeding offense plus the confiscation of the driver’s license.

The JAO also penalizes motorcycle dealers who don’t make available the new standard protective motorcycle helmets to their customers, those who sell substandard helmets or helmets not bearing the PS or ICC mark, and those who tamper or forge the PS or ICC marks in helmets.

Before the JAO takes effect on August 1, LTO chief Assistant Secretary Virginia Torres admitted that law enforcers only apprehend motorcycle drivers and riders who don’t use protective motorcycle helmet.

“But by next week, we will be strictly inspecting the helmets used by motorcycle drivers and riders and apprehend those who will not comply with the standards,†she said.

Torres urged motorcycle users to buy protective motorcycle helmet based on the standards set by the DTI since substandard helmets are proven to be useless in saving lives in case of fatal accidents.

“Buy only the standard helmets even if it is costly because your life is priceless. Only helmets that are compliant with the standards of the DTI guarantee full protection,†she added.

Meanwhile in Cebu City, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) 7 said the “Motorcycle Helmet Act of 2009†will be implemented on August 1 throughout the region despite the mounting opposition to the law, especially from motorcycle-riding groups.

LTO 7 Regional Director Raul Aguiluz, who appeared at the Provincial Board session to clear out some issues regarding the implementation of the law, said 2,000 deputized agents will implement the “Helmet Law†and all other traffic laws starting August.

“No exception will be given to the motorcycles-for-hire or “habal-habal,†whose operations are still considered illegal,†said Aguiluz.

He, however, assured that the deputized agents are mandated to show their deputation identification cards and deputation orders to avoid abuse.

Aguiluz said, the LTO 7 will defer the strict implementation of the law to those motorcycle owners who have prescribed helmets, but without the ICC mark, until December.

The DTI has waived the collection of P1.25 for the ICC sticker and the P100 processing fee for the inspection of standard helmets.

In the first half of 2012, there have been 182,078 motorcycles registered in the region, 38,000 of which are newly-registered.

As this developed, DTI Cebu Provincial Office Director Nelia Navarro said that protest rally against the implementation of the “Helmet Law†should be addressed to the House of Representatives.

Navarro said that ANAD Partylist Representative Pastor “Jun†Alcover should address the issue to himself because he is part and parcel of the legislative department.

Alcover earlier announced that he will lead the protest rally on August 1, the day of the full implementation of the Helmet Law, at the DTI provincial office and the LTO office. (With a report from Mars W. Mosqueda Jr.)

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Now the 2 real questions are

1. will they target x-pats first since they know we have money

2. trike drivers "technically" fall in the motorcycle listings under the laws are they going to make trike drivers get helmets??

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Sounds like another excuse for law enforcement to take bribes. The helmet law might protect many people but it will also put many trike drivers out of business.

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