Whether you answer me honestly or not–it’s all about saving your own life. The crash helmet you’ve been wearing while taking cruise with your motorcycle maybe not the appropriate one and not enough to support your big head during unfortunate accidents.
Records at the Land Transportation Office can not tell us of any numbers showing how many are not actually wearing helmet and much do about how many crash helmet used by most drivers are not appropriate.
The Motorcycle Helmet Act (RA 10054) is not detailing the required crash helmet but requires the helmet to have the PS (Philippine Standard) Mark and the ICC (Import Commodity Clearance) Sticker on it. Though, as noted by the Department of Trade and Industry, there are technical specifications for the appropriate crash helmet like the helmet should be hard shell outside and has a strap to hold it with the chin.
This August, the LTO and DTI are poised to strictly require the PS/ICC-certified crash helmet for all motorcycle drivers and their back-riders.Violators shall be fined according to the law:
- Any person caught not wearing the standard protective motorcycle helmet will be punished with a fine of P1,500.00 for the first offense, P3,000.00 for the second offense, P5,000.00 for the third offense, and P10,000.00 plus confiscation of the driver’s license for the fourth and succeeding offenses.
In Metro Cebu, highly urbanized cities like Cebu City, Mandaue and Lapulapu are strictly implementing the Helmet Law. But the implementation is only up to the wearing of the helmet without taking into consideration the type of helmet the motorcycle rider is wearing. Riders are just taking advantage on this leniency of the implementation of the law by wearing any helmet–like baseball protective gear, construction site safety hat , bike riders helmet, etc.
But in places where there are less vehicles, wearing of crash helmet is not a sin but a convenience from the distraction of having that heavy thing atop your head. In Davao City, the situation is different when i was there years ago as motorcycle riders are not wearing helmets because their former Mayor (now Vice-Mayor) refused to do the same while driving his big bike.
In Dumaguete City where motorcycles are not a fad but became the principal mode of transportation-both public and private–residents are opposed to the use of helmet and see no need for it because the city streets are narrow. The LTO and DTI made an appeal to the residents on Thursday in a forum held at the Siliman University.
Courtesy: SunStar Daily
Records show that at the time Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla pushed for the passage of the Helmet Law, there were average of 40 people killed in motorcycle accidents daily. The number of death and injuries were said reduced during the first year of the implementation of the law.
When the law was passed, the dealers of motorcycles are also given responsibility to ensure the availability of the protective helmet in their shelves.
- Every seller and/or dealer should make available, every time a new motorcycle unit is purchased, a new motorcycle helmet that bears the Philippine Standard (PS) mark or Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) of the Bureau of Product Standards (BPS) and complies with the standards set by the BPS, which the purchaser may buy at his option. Any seller and/or dealer who violates this requirement will be punished with a fine of not less than P10,000.00 but not more than P20,000.00.
According to DTI Regional Director Asteria Caberte most standard protective helmets available in the market are made abroad while there are few locally-manufactured helmet that got approved by the Bureau of Product Standards. The law also mandates:
- All manufacturers and importers of standard protective motorcycle helmets are required to secure a PS license or ICC prior to the sale and distribution of their products. Upon the effectivity of R.A. 10054, only those standard protective motorcycle helmets bearing the PS or ICC mark shall be sold in the market.
- The DTI, through the BPS, shall conduct a mandatory testing of all manufactured and imported motorcycle helmets in the Philippines. The BPS shall periodically issue a list of motorcycle helmet manufacturers and importers and the brands which pass the standards of the BPS, to be published in a newspaper of general circulation or in its website.
- Any person who uses, sells and distributes substandard motorcycle helmets or those which do not bear the PS mark or the ICC certificate will be punished with a fine of not less than P3,000.00 for the first offense, and P5,000.00 for the second offense, without prejudice to other penalties under Republic Act No. 7394 or the “Consumer Act of the Philippines.”
LTO and other traffic enforcement agencies have to check the ICC sticker and PS mark located at the inside of the helmet near the nape area when the strict implementation shall start in August. Any attempt to tamper or imitate the stickers is punishable by law:
- Tampering, alteration, forgery and imitation of the PS mark and the ICC certificates in the helmets will be punished with a fine of not less than P10,000.00 but not more than P20,000.00, without prejudice to other penalties imposed in Republic Act No. 7394 or the“Consumer Act of the Philippines.”
To wear or not to wear, the decision is yours.