LATEST LIST: DTI-Certified Brands of Motorcycle Protective Helmets

The list herein is last updated on September 4, 2012 and is culled from the Department of Trade and Industry official website.

Also, the Department of Trade and Indsutry (DTI) has announced that imported protective helmets without the ICC/BPS stickers but passed the standards in the United States and Europe should be honored by the law enforcement agencies implementing the Motorcycle Helmet Act (RA10054).

DTI Usec Zenaida Maglaya said yesterday (Jan. 3, 2013) that enforcers will honor helmets bearing stickers of the US Department of Transportation (DOT) and the European Economic Community (EEC) even without the ICC/BPS sticker.

Maglaya said they will instruct enforcers to honor the helmets with DOT and EEC stickers since these are presumed compliant to the safety standards.

Several motorcycle owners who owned an imported helmet without the ICC/BPS stickers lamented why the brand of their helmets are not in the list even if it passed the standards in the U.S. and in Europe while there are cheaper helmets from China that are included in the list.

Maglaya made a clarification yesterday during a media interview.

For more info about the motorcycle helmet, read the following articles in my blogs:

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DTI Implements Family Name and Number Coding on Motorcycle Helmet Registration

DTI Implements Family Name and Number Coding on Motorcycle Helmet Registration

DTI Usec Zenaida Maglaya has announced that beginning this month motorcycle owners in Metro Manila can secure their ICC stickers for their helmet according to their family names and motorcycle license plate number. This is implemented by DTI to avoid “last-minute” registration.

However, the coding is optional in the provinces.The registration is only up to November while the month of December is by appointment for corporations and groups.

Here is the schedule according to the first letter of the family name of the motorcycle owners and the ending number of the license plate:

September : A to F
October     : G to O
November  : P to Z
December  : for corporation and groups

Monday : 1, 2
Tuesday: 3,4
Wednesday : 5,6
Thursday : 7,8
Friday : 9, 0

Click the link above for more of this announcement from the DTI.

Helmet Stories Topped in MyBlog Stats

Yesterday was the busiest day of this blog-having cornered 2,028 views, the highest in the almost 5-year history of this personal blog. This is all because of the views on my articles about the motorcycle helmet.

 Topping the list of the recently most-viewed articles are:

Except for the last item which posted in myTech Blog–iStoryang HaaayTek!, all are published in this personal blog.

I have committed to further write about the motorcycle helmet story to update the public. The latest announcement from the Land Transportation Office is a little bit a sigh of relief for the motorcycle owners as the enforcement agency is withholding the apprehension of non-prescribed motorcycle helmet by August 1, 2012.

The LTO has responded to the call of the Department of Trade and Industry to postpone the implementation of the Mandatory Motorcycle Crash Helmet Act. However, there was no date until when the suspension shall remain.

Earlier in Central Visayas, the regional office of the DTI has announced that the processing of the helmet shall be extended until the end of the year while the free processing and free sticker shall be until September 30.

The LTO regional office also announced their operatives will not apprehend motorcycle drivers wearing the prescribed helmet even without the required ICC/PS stickers. However, they will still pursue the apprehension of the non-prescribed helmet.

The local enforcement bodies of the cities of Cebu and Lapu-Lapu, CITOM and CTMS respectively, vowed not to implement the Helmet Law as long as the motorcycle drivers wear any helmet.

Some enterprising motorcycle drivers whose helmets have not passed the requirements for a standard helmet have found a way to trick the enforcers. Some are detaching the ICC stickers from locally-sold electrical tapes and transfer it to their helmets. The sticker is almost the same with that of the ICC stickers issued for the motorcycle helmets. Check the picture below.

Courtesy of Ferdinand Mañus in his Facebook wall.

BREAKING NEWS: DTI to Waive Fees for Motorcycle Helmet Processing & Stickers

The regional office of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will no longer collect the processing fee (P100) and sticker fee (P1.25) for motorcycle helmets beginning Monday, July 23 until September 30, 2012.

DTI Central Visayas Director Asteria Caberte announces this today over DyAB1512 Cebu few days after the CITOM (Cebu City Traffic Operations and Management) questioned the fees collected by the DTI from the motorcycle owners who submitted their helmets for sticker issuance. The CITOM board, in its resolution, described the collection of the fees as anti-poor and is not authorized under the Mandatory Helmet Act.

However, the DTI will only process for free those prescribed helmets with brands that are listed under the Bureau of Product Standards ICC/PS licensees. The DTI earlier extended their processing of the helmets until December 31, 2012 while the LTO will also allow the use of some helmets even without the stickers as long as it is prescribed until the same period.

Caberte said they don’t know if the free processing and free sticker will continue after September 30, 2012 as instructed by the head of the DTI. Caberte said those more than 7,000 motorcycle owners who were able to pay earlier the processing fee and sticker fee shall be refunded by the DTI.

Here’s the interview of Director Caberte over DyAB1512:

Read here for the details of the prescribed helmet.

CITOM’s Unreasonable Reasons Against Motorcycle Helmet Act Enforcement

When was the last time CITOM (Cebu City Traffic Operations and Management) became a champion for the causes of the poor? CITOM has been unpopularly known among the motorists for its strict implementation of the traffic laws.

CITOM has been notorious for its campaign against jay walkers in Colon area where even students are apprehended, detained (in a holding bus for hours) and some allowed to pay the fine officially and “unofficially” just to evade detention.

CITOM is not known for favoring the poor or the rich motorists in a traffic violation. So, it is surprising that CITOM stood-up against the implementation of the Mandatory Helmet Act of 2010 (RA10054) calling it as anti-poor.

In a resolution, the CITOM board asks Transportation and Communication Sec. Manuel Roxas II and Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo “to put the implementation of the law on hold”. CITOM earlier announced it will not implement the Helmet Act.

CITOM says most motorcycle owners belonged to the lower income group though the latter are able to buy a motorcycle unit worth thousands of pesos and are willing to spend few hundreds for the gasoline. Moreover, CITOM said the P101.25 fees for the processing and issuance of sticker for the helmet is too stiff.

The CITOM resolution reads:

“The reasonableness of the imposition of the P101.25 fee is questionable considering that most of those who are using motorcycles as a main mode of transportation generally belong to the low to mid-income earners, plus their valuable time is needlessly consumed in their application processing and inspection of their helmets,”

I could not fathom CITOM’s above arguments when they even forcibly collecting P50 fine from the poorer students whom I pitied with for violating the Anti-Jay Walking Ordinance.

CITOM also question the authority of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for collecting the P101.25 fee because it is not a provision under RA 10054. I agree that the amount is too big for a regulatory fee. It should have been lower proportionate to the actual cost in the processing of the helmet and the actual-cost of the sticker.

But CITOM is not the appropriate complainant as regards to the P101.25 administrative fees from a similar government agency. It’s the works of politicians and other consumer groups to raise the issue. Do we have politicians inside CITOM? Ask Jack-the-Wack.

CITOM, finally noted that only 7,000 plus of the 321,560 registered motorcycles in Central Visayas have been issued with the helmet stickers. This can be rendered moot-and-academic as the DTI has already extended the processing until December 31, 2012 while the LTO has likewise agree to give grace period until the end of the year to those motorcycle owners who shall wear the prescribed helmet but no ICC/PS stickers yet come August 1.

So, what else CITOM has to offer in their championing the cause-of-the-poor when these are already addressed by DTI and LTO? Why CITOM will not implement a traffic law for the first time? If the “Safety Belt Act” is strictly enforced (for the poor drivers only) for the safety of any vehicle drivers, why not the motorcycle helmet law?

Simply, someone in CITOM plays politics (pagpahumot ngadto sa publiko sa pagtoo nga modaog pa sa eleksiyon sa 2013). 😦

 

UPDATE!!! DTI to Waive Fees for Motorcycle Helmet Processing