The implementation of the Republic Act 10666 known as “Children’s Safety on Motorcyles Act of 2015 will take effect on Friday, May 19, 2017. This act has been passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives last May 27, 2015 under former Philippine President, Benigno Aquino III.
Section 2 explains the Act as, “It is the policy of the State to defend the right of the 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.”
Children below 18 years of age is prohibited to be on board with any person driving a two-wheeled motorcycle. This is found in Section 4 of the Act to wit, “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.”
However, exemptions to the rule has been provided thereof, where the child can be aboard when the child has an urgent need for medical attention. Other exemptions included are, if the child can comfortably reach his/her feet on the standard foot peg of the motorcycle, the child’s arm can reach around and grasp the waist of the motorcycle rider; and if the child is wearing a standard protective helmet as stipulated in Sec 4 letters A-C of the Act.
The Department of Transportation also emphasized that a child cannot be aboard in front of the driver.
Penalties for violators shall be in the amount of Three Thousand pesos (P3,000.00) for the first offense, Five Thousand pesos (P5,000.00) for the second offense and P 10,000.00 for the third and succeeding offenses. Moreso, if the offender has committed more than 3 times, his/her driver’s license can result to automatic revocation. However, penalties are still under review by the Land Transportation Office (LTO), the agency empowered to set the amount of fines imposed.
The Department of Transportation (DoTR)-Land Transportation Office will be the primary implementing agency of this Act working closely with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) who will deputize strict implementation of this Law to the members of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and local government units.