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Children below 18 years old banned from riding motorcycles

Updated

By Vanne Elaine P. Terrazola

Starting May 19, children below 18 years old are no longer allowed to board motorcycles plying major public roads.

Effective this date, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and other law enforcement agencies will apprehend motorcycle drivers with small children riders in accordance with Republic Act No. 10666, “Children’s Safety on Motorcycles Act of 2015.” It was signed into law by former President Benigno Aquino III on July 21, 2015.

Allowing children and minors below 18 years old onboard motorcycles will no longer be allowed today and Friday, respectively, as the Anti-Distracted Driving Act and the Children’s Safety on Motorcycles Act take effect.(Ali Vicoy)|Manila Bulletin)

Allowing children and minors below 18 years old onboard motorcycles will no longer be allowed today and Friday, respectively, as the Children’s Safety on Motorcycles Act take effect. (Ali Vicoy)|Manila Bulletin)

Under its implementing rules and regulations, motorcycle riders are not allowed to drive with small children on board, especially when traversing roads where there are heavy volumes of fast-moving vehicles, or where a speed limit of more than 60 kilometer-per-hour are imposed.

Only children who are able to reach the motorcycle’s foot peg and can embrace the waist of the driver will be allowed to ride a motorcycle. Child passengers must also wear the standard protective gear for riding motorcycles.

Children sitting in front of the motorcycle, or between riders, will also not be allowed.

The only exception to these rules is when a child is being transported due to immediate medical attention.

Violators will be fined P3,000 on the first offense; P5,000 on the second offense; and P10,000 and a one-month suspension of the driver’s license on the third offense. The LTO will revoke the licenses of those who will be caught beyond third offense.

In case of accidents that results in injuries or death of the child passenger, motorcycle drivers will be imprisoned for one year in addition to the penalties provided for in the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines.

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  • Ray

    di nyo pa nga naayos ang plate numbers namin na napaka-simple. taposin nyo kaya muna ang mga backlog ninyo bago gumawa ng panibagong batas. eh, driver license nga lang aabutin pa ng 6 months bago ma-release ang plastic. tapos pag may babaguhin kang data like your address during renewal ay may extra bayad pa he he…

  • Bekok

    Naknang….Children pa pala lagay na yun ang 17 years old.

  • Mario Borinaga Capangpangan

    Motorcycles are used to transport kids to school! School-age kids should be exempted! LTO, be reasonable, or else our kids will be late in school!

  • penoy

    2015 pa pala yan ngayon lng iimplement? But I applaud this good measure!

  • Bonifacio CLAUDIO

    Paano na kaya ang mga studyante ng mga mahihirap na hindi naman kayang bumili ng 4-wheel vehicles ?! Mas malaking perhwisyo ang dulot ng batas na ito sa mga mag-aaral na pobre. Anti-poor ang batas na ito. Sino ang pumirma sa batas na ito — si Aquino ? Nagka-buang buang man giud !!!

  • Shimen Miyamoto Musashi

    Mali ang title nang article na ito. “Below 18 years old?” Republic Act No. 10666, “Children’s Safety on Motorcycles Act of 2015.” says “SEC. 4. 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:

    (a) The child passenger can comfortably reach his/her feet on the standard foot peg of the motorcycle;

    (b) The child’s arms can reach around and grasp the waist of the motorcycle rider; and

    (c) The child is wearing a standard protective helmet referred to under Republic Act No. 10054, otherwise known the “Motorcycle Helmet Act of 2009.” HINDI SINASABING “BELOW 18 YEARS OLD.”

  • CaLor Paler

    Another WRONG HEADLINE? What is going on with our press?

  • bikolano

    MISLEADING HEADLINE!
    Nowhere in RA10666 can you find this: “Children below 18 years old banned from riding motorcycles”. Complete RA10666 below taken from http://www.gov.ph/2015/07/21/republic-act-no-10666/

    ***********************************************
    Republic of the Philippines
    Congress of the Philippines

    Metro Manila

    Sixteenth Congress

    Second Regular Session

    Begun and held in Metro Manila, on Monday, the twenty-eighth day of July, two thousand fourteen.

    [Republic Act No. 10666]

    AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE SAFETY OF CHILDREN ABOARD MOTORCYLES

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:

    SECTION 1. Short Title. – This Act shall be known as “Children’s Safety on Motorcycles Act of 2015”.

    SEC. 2. 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.

    SEC. 3. Definitions. – For purposes of this Act, the following terms shall mean:

    (a) Motorcycle refers to any two (2)-wheeled motor vehicle having one (1) or two (2) riding saddles;

    (b) Public roads refer to roads designed by the national government or local government units as roads for public use such as, but not limited to, national highways, provincial roads, city, municipal and barangay streets;

    (c) Foot peg refers to a flat form attached to the motorcycles on which to stand or brace the feet; and

    (d) Rider refers to the driver of a motorcycle.

    SEC. 4. 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:

    (a) The child passenger can comfortably reach his/her feet on the standard foot peg of the motorcycle;

    (b) The child’s arms can reach around and grasp the waist of the motorcycle rider; and

    (c) The child is wearing a standard protective helmet referred to under Republic Act No. 10054, otherwise known the “Motorcycle Helmet Act of 2009.”

    SEC. 5. 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.

    SEC. 6. Penalties. – Any person who operates a motorcycle in violation of Section 4 of this Act shall be fined with an amount of three thousand pesos (P3,000.00) for the first offense; five thousand pesos (P5,000.00) for the second offense; and ten thousand pesos (P10,000.00) for the third and succeeding offenses.

    Moreover, for the third offense, 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.

    SEC. 7. Review of Penalties. – The Land Transportation Office (LTO) is hereby empowered to increase or adjust the amounts of fines herein imposed: Provided, That:

    (a) The increase or adjustment is made after public consultation once every three (3) years from the effectivity of this Act and in the amount not exceeding twenty percent (20%) of the amounts sought to be increased or adjusted;

    (b) A thorough study has been conducted indicating that the existing amounts are no longer an effective deterrent;

    (c) Current relevant economic indices, such as the Consumer Price Index (CPI), have been considered in the determination of the increase or adjustment; and

    (d) The increases or adjustment shall only become effective fifteen (15) days after its publication in two (2) newspapers of general circulation.

    SEC. 8. Qualifying Circumstances. – If, in violation of the provisions of this Act, death shall have resulted or serious or less serious injuries shall have been inflicted upon the child or any other person, a penalty of one (1) year imprisonment shall be imposed upon the motorcycle rider or operator of the motorcycle involved without prejudice to the penalties provided under Act No. 3815, otherwise known as “The Revised Penal Code of the Philippines”, as amended.

    SEC. 9. Authority to Deputize Traffic Enforcers and Local Government Units (LGUs). — To effectively implement the provisions of this Act, the LTO is hereby given the authority to deputize members of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the LGUs to carry out enforcement functions and duties.

    SEC. 10. Public Information Campaign. – Not later than thirty (30) days following the promulgation of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of this Act, the LTO, in coordination with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), the Department of Education (DepED) and concerned private organizations and agencies, shall undertake a nationwide information and education campaign for a period of three (3) months on the important provisions of this Act and its IRR.

    Thereafter, the aforementioned agencies shall include the essential provisions of this Act in their respective annual communications programs.

    SEC. 11. Implementing Rules and Regulations. – As the lead agency, the LTO shall formulate the IRR of this Act within ninety (90) days after its effectivity.

    SEC. 12. Separability Clause. – If for any reason any section or provision of this Act is declared unconstitutional, other provisions hereof which are not affected thereby shall continue to be in full force and effect.

    SEC. 13. Repealing Clause. – All laws, decrees, or rules and regulations which are inconsistent with or contrary to the provisions of this Act are hereby amended or repealed.

    SEC. 14. 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.

    Approved,

    (Sgd.) FELICIANO BELMONTE JR.
    Speaker of the House
    of Representatives(Sgd.) FRANKLIN M. DRILON
    President of the Senate

    This Act which is a consolidation of Senate Bill No. 2488 and House Bill No. 4462 was finally passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on May 27, 2015.(Sgd.) MARILYN B. BARUA-YAP
    Secretary General
    House of Representative(Sgd.) OSCAR G. YABES
    Secretary of the Senate

    Approved: JUL 21 2015

    (Sgd.) BENIGNO S. AQUINO III
    President of the Philippines

  • Marvin Macoy

    The parents will be upset as their small children will not be included in their joy ride.

  • Arle Cambal

    How about parents who need to work and have to drop their child at the babysitter’s house?Not all people can afford four-wheel vehicles.Everywhere in the philippines is always heavy traffic.

  • Ray Gellenbeck

    With all due respect, your paper should print a retraction tomorrow, because this article is factually inaccurate, including the headline. The actual bill has no mention, implication or legal default of the age of 18 anywhere in it. The reporting is inaccurate, at best. http://www.gov.ph/2015/07/21/republic-act-no-10666/

  • Hans Josef Meyer

    These People thinking everybody has at least a 4 wheel drive SUV in Garage, they live in another star?

  • Ria Reign

    please update your report, the rules are specified, not strictly 18 below.
    Starting today, motorcycle users who have a small child as a
    passenger shall be penalized under the Children’s Safety on Motorcycle
    Act of 2015.

    The law—also known as Republic Act No. 10666—bans minors from sitting
    in front of a motorcycle rider. It applies to public roads nationwide
    and shall be implemented by the Land Transportation Office.

    Children will be allowed as backriders only if they could comfortably
    reach the foot peg of the motorcycle and reach around the waist of the
    rider. They should also wear standard protective helmet.

    Read more: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/897697/riding-motorbike-with-kids-lto-restrictions-on#ixzz4hXUMeIaQ

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    • Ceejay Guese

      agree! this article seems to be a fake news pa nga

  • majuro

    headline’s all wrong. a 15 year old and above is hardly a child. legally they are still minors so why not just say it in legal terms?

  • Paul Belcher

    wow