STARTING in 2018, minors will no longer be allowed on board motorcycles, as well as in the front and back of the driver’s seat of tricycles, the Makati City government announced on Monday.
Dubbed as “Children’s Safety in Tricycles and Motorcycles Ordinance of the City of Makati,” City Ordinance 2017-135 strictly prohibits driving a motorcycle with a child on board, unless all of the following conditions are met: a) the child’s feet can comfortably reach the foot peg of the motorcycle; b) the child’s arms can reach around and grasp the waist of the driver; and (c) the child is wearing a standard protective helmet which bears a Philippine Standard (PS) or Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) mark.
The only exception provided by the ordinance is for cases where the minor or child being transported requires immediate medical attention.
Makati Mayor Abby Binay endorsed the passage of the ordinance in light of frequent news reports on road crashes involving children as victims not only in the metropolis, but in the provinces as well.
“Local governments must take swift and definitive action to arrest the growing number of children injured or killed in road crashes involving motorcycles and tricycles. It is our duty to use the powers vested in us to enact and implement laws that complement and strengthen national laws, and ensure these are strictly enforced in our own localities,” Binay said. JAMES GALVEZ