Call it a sympathy for the poor motorcycle drivers or CITOM is just playing like a politician these days. CITOM announces today they will not implement the Motorcycle Helmet Act (RA10054) come August 1, 2012.
Instead, according to Atty. Rafael Yap, Executive Director of CITOM, they will allow the drivers to wear any type of helmet as long as the drivers shall have the protective gear.
The traffic board in their regular meeting today considered the requirement of the standard helmet as “anti-poor” due to the high-price of most standard motorcycle helmets. CITOM has noted that most motorcycle drivers belonged to the poor sector hence they can just afford a motorcycle as their service vehicle.
Yap told DyAB1512 of ABS-CBN Cebu they will implement the city’s local ordinance requiring the wearing of a crash helmet when driving a motorcycle in city streets. CITOM enforcers shall be given instruction regarding the board’s decision. However, CITOM can not stop any LTO operatives from implementing the national law.
The price for motorcycle helmets has gone up even more than 3,000 pesos each when the requirement of a standard motorcycle helmet was announced by the Department of Trade and Industry and the Land Transportation Office.
DTI Regional Director Asteria Caberte earlier said there are standard helmets that cost about 500 pesos only. Some motorcycle drivers claimed they already have standard helmets but the brands are not in DTI list of approved helmets. 🙂
(July 11, 2012) LTO Regional Director Raul Aguiluz also announced this morning that their operatives shall give reprieve to motorcycle riders whose helmet bear a brand and possibly passed the standards even without an ICC or PS sticker until December 2012.
Aguiluz said this is in connection with the extension given by the DTI to all motorcycle drivers whose helmets are still subject to processing and issuance of the stickers. The extension is until the end of 2012.
This means motorcycle riders will not get apprehended by LTO operatives by August 1 even if their helmets don’t have the required sticker. However, Director Aguiluz clarified LTO operatives will arrest those riders who wear unprescribed helmets like safety helmet (construction), bicycle helmet, baseball gear, etc.
After yesterday’s announcement of CITOM that they will not implement the Motorcycle Helmet Act, no other LGU has come out and speak the same or against it.