MOTORCYCLE ordinance approved in Bacolod City

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BACOLOD CITY: The Sanggunian Panglunsod (City Council) here has approved an ordinance prohibiting motorcycle-riding pairs–driver and back rider–in Bacolod City from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Its author and Councilor Dindo Ramos, chairman of the SP Committee on Transportation and Traffic, said the ordinance exempts back riders “constrained to ride motorcycles under emergency situations as determined by the apprehending officers on duty.” Back riders “with legitimate reason for travel at night in relation to their job, like call center agents, security force members or others in similar lines of work” are exempted but they should present a valid identification card when flagged down. Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya earlier suggested the ban after receiving complaints that thefts and robberies have become rampant in the city. The ordinance sets a fine of P300 for the driver and imprisonment of three days while back riders will be fined P200 and may be imprisoned for two days. The Bacolod Traffic Authority Office, the City Legal Office and the Bacolod City Police Office shall enforce the ordinance.

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