Motorcycling dads and moms out there, take note. Small children are now banned from riding motorcycles, as dictated in a new Philippine law recently signed by President Benigno Aquino III.
Republic Act 10666, or the Children’s Safety on Motorcycles Act of 2015, makes it unlawful for a motorcycle rider to have a small child as a passenger when 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.”
Only children who can comfortably reach a motorcycle foot peg, wrap their arms around the waist of the motorcycle rider and are wearing standard protective helmets are allowed to ride as passengers (which, to us, also reads as: big kids only).
An exception to the prohibition only applies in emergency cases, such as when a small child requires immediate medical attention.
Violators will be fined P3,000 on their first offense and P5,000 on the second offense. The third offense will result in a fine of P10,000 plus the suspension of the offending driver’s license for a month. Succeeding violations will result in a revocation of the offender’s driver’s license.
The law is a consolidation of Senate Bill 2488 and House of Representatives Bill 4462. It was signed last July 21, after the Senate and House of Representatives passed it last May 27.
According to the World Health Organization, around 186,300 children all over the world die from road traffic crashes every year, and in low- and middle-income countries, such as the Philippines, the rates are three times higher than in high-income countries.
Sources: Aug. 5, 2015. "Aquino signs law banning small children from riding motorcycles". rappler.com Aug. 6, 2015. "New law bans kids from riding motorcycles". abs-cbnnews.com