A mandatory training for road safety for motorcycle riders is being pushed for approval in the Senate.
Senator JV Ejercito filed Senate Bill 1822 or the “Motorcycle Safety Training Act.”
Under the bill, motorcycle riders are required to complete a road safety training as a requirement for registering their vehicles at the Land Transportation Office.
Senator Ejercito pushed the bill to help curb road mishaps caused by motorcycles; “In response to the need to curtail the incidence and prevalence of deaths and injuries, property damages and socio-economic losses caused by road accidents and in recognition to the imminent need to promote a proactive road safety program.”
Senator Ejercito said that motorcycle riders are the top victims of road crashes since 2010, based on data from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). He also noted that out of the total 8.7 million vehicles registered with the LTO for 2015, 4.8 million were motorcycles.
The Motorcycle Philippines Federation (MCPF) strongly supports the proposal. Motorcycle Philippines Federation director for administration Atoy Sta. Cruz admitted there are a lot of motorcycle riders who don’t follow the basic road rules. He was quoted by ABS-CBN saying, “Kapag nakahawak ng manibela, akala mo alam na nila lahat eh.”
The MCPF, one of the few groups that provide road safety training, revealed that even them are disappointed with the results of the exams they gave.
Sta. Cruz said that only 7 out of 9,000 motorcycle riders passes their traffic rules exam.
The lack of knowledge on basic traffic and road safety rules is the problems, according to Sta. Cruz. He said, “’Yon ang problemang nakikita natin.”