Pres. Aquino signs law that bans children from riding motorcycles
In an attempt to cut down injuries on road incidents, President Aquino signs a new law that prohibits small children from riding motorcycles. More details after the break.
The Republic Act 10666 basically prohibits anyone to drive a motorcycle with a child as a passenger on busy streets. According to the report made by Manila Bulletin, only children that could reach the foot rest comfortably and are able to wrap around and grasp the waist of the driver could ride along in a motorcycle, in addition to wearing a safety helmet. But, in certain emergency conditions where the child seeks immediate medical care, the new law won’t apply.
The Children’s Safety on Motorcycles Act of 2015 “imposed certain conditions on taking children aboard a motorcycle in public roads with speed limit of more than 60 kilometers per hour.”
As for the penalties, the first offense will be fined Php3,000 + 1 month suspension of driver’s license, second offense goes for Php5,000 + 1 month suspension of driver’s license, and Php10,000 with an automatic revocation of license should be asked from the offender on the third and following offenses.
Once the implementing rules and regulations get promulgated, there will be a campaign to inform the public about this law.