THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will be strictly implementing a law that seeks to ensure the safety of children riding motorcycles.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino over the weekend said they are just waiting for the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Children’s Safety on Motorcycles Act of 2015.
The law prohibits motorcycle drivers from taking a child as a passenger on public roads where there is heavy volume of vehicles, where there is a high density of fast-moving vehicles or where a speed limit of more than 60 kilometers per hour is imposed.
Tolentino reminded motorcycle drivers to be cautious in having children on board as the agency will be strict in implementation of the law.
To effectively enforce provisions of the law, the MMDA, Philippine National Police and local government units shall be deputized by the Land Transportation Office.
Under the law, the child passenger should be able to comfortably rest his or her feet on the standard foot peg of the motorcycle.
It also requires that the child’s arms can reach around and grasp the waist of the motorcycle driver and that he or she should wear a standard protective helmet.
Tolentino said violators of the law shall be fined P3,000 for the first offense, P5,000 for the second offense and P10,000 for the third and succeeding offenses.
Moreover, for the third offense, the driver’s license of the offender shall be suspended for one month.
Violation of the measure beyond the third time shall result in automatic revocation of the offender’s driver’s license.