Child Safety on Motorcycles Act takes effect on May 19

The Children’s Safety on Motorcycles Act of 2015 or the Republic Act 10666 will be implemented starting tomorrow, May 19.

RA 10666 bans two-wheeled motorcycle riders with small children as their passengers. The Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of this law state 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 applies to all public roads where there is a heavy volume of vehicles, a high-density of fast-moving vehicles, or on roads with a speed limit of more than 60 kph. However, a child who needs an immediate medical attention is an exemption for this law.

This proactive and preventive approach of the Department of Transportation will secure the safety of passengers, especially children.

The Land Transportation Office will spearhead the implementation of the RA 10666 and may deputize traffic enforcers and cooperate with the local government units to further effectuate the law.

Motorcyle riders who will violate the law have corresponding sanctions. A fine of Php 3,000 will be imposed for riders who violate the law for the first time, and Php 5,000 for their second offense. One month suspension of driver’s license and a fine of Php 10,000 will be slapped for third-time offenders, and revoking of license for violators who have committed more than three offenses.