LTO Western Visayas Ready To Ban Child Passengers On Motorcycles

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Region VI is ready to enforce the law banning child passengers on motorcycles, which is expected to take effect on Friday.

“We are just awaiting the go-signal for this law to be implemented. The new law prohibits any person from driving a motorcycle with a small child on board on all roads around the city, there are no exemptions,” said LTO regional director Roland C. Ramos on Thursday.

Only children whose feet can reach the foot peg, could wrap their arms around the driver’s waist, and wears protective gear such as a helmet may be allowed to ride on a motorcycle with an adult, he added.

The law, Republic Act 10666 or Children’s Safety on Motorcycles Act of 2015 expected to take effect this Friday, covers all public roads including those where there is a heavy volume of vehicles such as in Diversion Road. However, the law allows cases where a child to be transported requires medical attention.

Violators will be fined PHP3,000 on their first offense, PHP5,000 on their second offense, and PHP10,000 on their third offense and suspension of driver’s license for a month. Beyond the third offense, violators will have their licenses revoked.

LTO shall be the lead implementing agency and may deputize traffic enforcers and LGUs for its enforcement.

“This law ensures the security and safety of drivers and passengers but especially children since we have seen a lot of people transport their kids with the use of motorcycles and there have been a number of cases of motorcycle accidents with children involved and that is what we are trying to prevent,” he said. (Alyssa A. Ilano – CPU OJT/PNA)

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