Along with the release of the FAQ for the Anti-Distracted Driving Act, the Department of Transportation has also published one for the RA1066 or the Children’s Safety on Motorcycles Act of 2015. Here are ten things you need to know.
Below is the “CHILDREN’S SAFETY ON MOTORCYCLES ACT OF 2015 (10 Things You Need To Know)” as published by the DOTr on their Facebook page.
1. What is RA1066 or the Children’s Safety on Motorcycles Act of 2015?
RA1066 or the Children’s Safety on Motorcycles Act of 2015 prohibits any person from driving a motorcycle on public roads with a child on board.
2. When will the law be implemented?
The law will take effect on May 19, 2017 (Friday).
3. What are the roads covered by the law?
The law covers all public roads nationwide such as but not limited to national highways, provincial roads, and municipal and barangay streets. This also includes roads where there is a heavy volume of vehicles, there is a high-density of fast moving vehicles, or where a speed limit of more than 60kph is imposed.
4. What type of motorcycles are covered by the law?
This covers any two-wheeled motor vehicles having one or two riding saddles.
5. Are all children covered by the law? What are the exemptions?
A child refers to any person below 18 years old. However, a child may be allowed to board a motorcycle on public roads if: the child passenger can comfortably reach his/her feet on the standard foot peg of the motorcycle; the child’s arms can reach around and grasp the waist of the motorcycle rider; and the child is wearing a standard protective helmet or gear.
6. Are children allowed to ride in front of the rider?
Sitting in front of the rider is not allowed.
7. How about medical emergencies?
The law does not apply to cases where the child to be transported requires immediate medical attention.
8. What are the penalties for violators?
First Offense – PHP 3,000
Second Offense – PHP 5,000
Third Offense – PHP 10,000 and one-month suspension of driver’s license
Violation beyond the third time – Automatic revocation of driver’s license
9. Who will enforce the law?
The DOTr – Land Transportation Office (LTO) is the lead implementing agency of the Act. The LTO also has the authority to deputize members of the PNP, MMDA, and LGUs to carry out enforcement functions and duties.
10. Why is this law important?
This is a proactive and preventive approach to secure the safety of child passengers. It is the policy of the State to protect children.
source: DOTr Facebook