MANILA MAY 18, 2017 (PNA) — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) will implement the law banning small children from riding motorcycles as passengers starting on Friday, May 19.
Under Republic Act 10666 or Children’s Safety on Motorcycles Act of 2015, two-wheeled motorcycle riders are not allowed to drive a motorcycle with a small child on board.
Only children whose feet can reach the foot peg, can wrap their arms around the driver’s waist, and are wearing protective gear such as a helmet may be allowed to ride a motorcycle with an adult.
The law covers all public roads, including roads where there is a heavy volume of vehicles, where there is a high-density of fast-moving vehicles, or where the speed limit is more than 60 kilometers per hour (kph).
The law, however, allows cases in which a child to be transported requires medical attention.
Violators will be fined P3,000 on their first offense, P5,000 on their second offense, and P10,000 on their third offense and suspension of driver’s license for a month.
Beyond the third offense, violators will have their licenses revoked.
The DOTr believes this measure will ensure the safety of passengers, especially children.
The LTO shall be the lead implementing agency and may deputize traffic enforcers and LGUs for its enforcement.