This Act shall be known as “ Children’s Safety on Motorcycles Act of 2015 ”. (sec.1) It is the policy of the State to defend the rig...

This Act shall be known as “Children’s Safety on Motorcycles Act of 2015”. (sec.1)
It is the policy of the State to defend the right of children to assistance, including proper care and nutrition, and special protection from all forms of neglect, abuse, cruelty, exploitation, and other conditions prejudicial to their development.
Towards this end, the State shall pursue a more proactive and preventive approach to secure the safety of passengers, especially children, by regulating the operation of motorcycles along roads and highways. (sec. 2)
For purposes of this Act, the following terms shall mean:
(a) Motorcycle refers to any two (2)-wheeled motor vehicle having one (1) or two (2) riding saddles;
(b) Public roads refer to roads designed by the national government or local government units as roads for public use such as, but not limited to, national highways, provincial roads, city, municipal and barangay streets;
(c) Foot peg refers to a flat form attached to the motorcycles on which to stand or brace the feet; and
(d) Rider refers to the driver of a motorcycle. (sec.3)
It shall be unlawful for any person to drive a two (2)-wheeled motorcycle with a child on board 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, unless:
(a) The child passenger can comfortably reach his/her feet on the standard foot peg of the motorcycle;
(b) The child’s arms can reach around and grasp the waist of the motorcycle rider; and
(c) The child is wearing a standard protective helmet referred to under Republic Act No. 10054, otherwise known the “Motorcycle Helmet Act of 2009.” (sec. 4)
Notwithstanding the prohibition provided in the preceding section, this Act shall not apply to cases where the child to be transported requires immediate medical attention. (sec. 5)
Any person who operates a motorcycle in violation of Section 4 of this Act shall be fined with an amount of three thousand pesos (P3,000.00) for the first offense; five thousand pesos (P5,000.00) for the second offense; and ten thousand pesos (P10,000.00) for the third and succeeding offenses.
Moreover, for the third offense, the driver’s license of the offender shall be suspended for a period of one (1) month.
Violation of these provisions beyond the third time shall result to automatic revocation of the offender’s driver’s license. (sec. 6)
If, in violation of the provisions of this Act, death shall have resulted or serious or less serious injuries shall have been inflicted upon the child or any other person, a penalty of one (1) year imprisonment shall be imposed upon the motorcycle rider or operator of the motorcycle involved without prejudice to the penalties provided under Act No. 3815, otherwise known as “The Revised Penal Code of the Philippines”, as amended. (sec. 8)
To effectively implement the provisions of this Act, the LTO is hereby given the authority to deputize members of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the LGUs to carry out enforcement functions and duties. (sec. 9)
Not later than thirty (30) days following the promulgation of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of this Act, the LTO, in coordination with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), the Department of Education (DepED) and concerned private organizations and agencies, shall undertake a nationwide information and education campaign for a period of three (3) months on the important provisions of this Act and its IRR.
Thereafter, the aforementioned agencies shall include the essential provisions of this Act in their respective annual communications programs. (sec. 10)
As the lead agency, the LTO shall formulate the IRR of this Act within ninety (90) days after its effectivity. (sec. 11)

This Act shall take effect fifteen (15) days after its publication in the Official Gazette or in two (2) national newspapers of general circulation. (sec. 14)

Approved by President BENIGNO S. AQUINO III,  July 21, 2015

Source: Official Gazette –

DISCLAIMER: The author is not lawyer nor an authority on this topic. It is a product of humble research and study of law. The information provided is not a legal advice and it should not be used  as a substitute for a competent legal advice from a licensed lawyer.

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