Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Republic Act No. 10666 - Safety of Backriding Childrens



Enacted as of July 21st 2015 the Republic Act No. 10666 entitled

"AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE SAFETY OF CHILDREN ABOARD MOTORCYLES"

In Short “Children’s Safety on Motorcycles Act of 2015”.

Declaration of Policy
It is the policy of the State to defend the right of children to assistance, including proper care and nutrition, and special protection from all forms of neglect, abuse, cruelty, exploitation, and other conditions prejudicial to their development.

Towards this end, the State shall pursue a more proactive and preventive approach to secure the safety of passengers, especially children, by regulating the operation of motorcycles along roads and highways.

Prohibition
It shall be unlawful for any person to drive a two (2)-wheeled motorcycle with a child on board on public roads where there is heavy volume of vehicles, there is a high density of fast moving vehicles or where a speed limit of more than 60/kph is imposed, unless:

- The child passenger can comfortably reach his/her feet on the standard foot peg of the motorcycle;
- The child’s arms can reach around and grasp the waist of the motorcycle rider; and
- The child is wearing a standard protective helmet referred to under Republic Act No. 10054, otherwise known the “Motorcycle Helmet Act of 2009.”

Exception
Notwithstanding the prohibition provided in the preceding section, this Act shall not apply to cases where the child to be transported requires immediate medical attention.
Penalties
Any person who operates a motorcycle in violation shall be fined with the following.
1st Offense: P3,000.00
2nd Offense: P5,000.00
3rd and Succeeding Offenses: P10,000.00 or the driver’s license of the offender shall be suspended for a period of one (1) month.

Violation of these provisions beyond the third time shall result to automatic revocation of the offender’s driver’s license.

Implementing Rules and Regulations
As the lead agency, the LTO shall formulate the IRR of this Act within ninety (90) days after its effectivity.

Effectivity
This Act shall take effect fifteen (15) days after its publication in the Official Gazette or in two (2) national newspapers of general circulation.

Source: Official Gazette
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