Prohibit children from riding motorcycles – solon

A lawmaker has filed a measure seeking to prohibit motorists from
carrying a child three years and below on motorcycles along national
highways.

Rep. Ma. Theresa Bonoan-David (4th District, Manila) authored House
Bill 5345, which aims to provide safety measures for all riders and
passengers to avoid injury or fatality especially for children on
motorcycles.

However, the bill will not cover the provinces where there are no
considerable vehicular traffic and where motorcycles are the only
means of transportation.

Bonoan-David said recent accidents have occurred where children were
severely injured while riding on a motorcycle because these children
lack the development skills to pay attention and properly secure
themselves while riding.

“The State recognizes its role to maintain at all times the safety
and protection of children,” Bonoan-David said.

In invoking its power of parens patriae, Bonoan-David said the State
may exercise its authority to usurp the rights of the natural parent
or guardian and to act as parent of any child or individual, or an
incapacitated and dependent person who is in need of protection
against danger, risk to their lives and limbs.

Bonoan-David said during these times of rising oiI prices and
worsening traffic problems, many Filipinos are now using motorcycles
as their primary means of transport.

“These vehicles are easier to maneuver during heavy traffic and are
more fuel-efficient than cars.  However, motorcycles are considered
high-risk vehicles, both with respect to drivers and other motorists,”
Bonoan-David said.

Under the measure to be known as the “Motorcycle Safety Act for
Children,” violators will be slapped with a fine of P5,000 for the
first offense, P8,000 for the second offense and P10,000 for the third
and succeeding offenses.

The bill mandates the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to formulate
the pertinent rules and regulations for the effective implementation
of the proposed act.

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