Tuesday, May 30, 2017
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Bawal na: Small kids banned from riding motorcycles

The law banning small children from riding motorcycles as passengers shall be implemented starting tomorrow, May 19.

Under Republic Act No. 10666 or the Children’s Safety on Motorcycles Act of 2015, motorcycle riders are not allowed to have a small child on board.

Transportation Assistant Secretary Richmond de Leon said that only children whose feet can reach the foot peg, could wrap their arms around the driver’s waist, and wear protective gear such as a helmet may be allowed to ride on a motorcycle with an adult.

The law covers all public roads, including roads where there is a heavy volume of vehicles, where there is a high-density of fast-moving vehicles, or where the speed limit is more than 60kph.

An exception applies only to cases where a child requires immediate medical attention.

Violators will be slapped with a P3,000 fine on their first offense, P5,000 on their second offense, and P10,000 on their third offense as well as suspension of driver’s license for a month. Beyond the third offense, violators will have their licenses revoked.

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