In a bid to minimize motorcycle-related deaths and injuries, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority pushed for a safety feature on motorcycles where the headlights automatically switch on during engine ignition.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said motorcycle headlights should be on even during daytime to allow maximum visibility in the roads.
"I understand that several manufacturing firms have been putting this feature on their motorcycles. We hope that this will become a standard regulation among companies manufacturing and selling motorcycles," he said in an article posted on the MMDA website.
Also, Tolentino pushed for high-quality helmets for both passenger and rider, and the prohibition of a third passenger.
"There is an existing policy on this by the Land Transportation Office (LTO), as well as other similar city ordinances in effect. But unfortunately, there is laxity in the enforcement of these rules. I believe it is best to turn this policy into law for it to have more teeth," Tolentino said.
He cited LTO Administrative Order AHS-2008-015, which prescribes rules and regulations on the use and operation of motorcycles on highways.
Under the policy, failure of the driver and/or the passenger or back rider to wear the standard helmet would result in a fine of P1,500.
Drivers must also not wear flip-flops, sandals or slippers or drive bare-foot or be fined of P500, P700 and P1,000 and revocation of driver's license for the first, second and third offenses, respectively.
Tolentino also ordered the agency's traffic enforcers to strictly implement the "no helmet, no travel" policy on major thoroughfares and secondary roads.
He said this is for the protection of the riders and warned that violators will be apprehended and meted the corresponding penalties.
"I'm appealing to the local government units to likewise be strict on this matter and introduce other measures that will promote the safety of the riders," Tolentino said. — LBG GMANews.TVhttp://www.mmda.gov.ph/news.html#dec92010http://www.gmanews.tv/story/209543/mmda-pushes-added-motorcycle-safety-features#