SIQUIJOR, June 1 (PIA) -- Starting August this year, the helmet law will be strictly implemented in the province.
This means all motorcycle drivers including backriders are mandated to wear standard protective helmets while riding, said both the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in a forum held Wednesday at the Capital Square, Siquijor, Siquijor.
"The law is not created to bring discomfort to the riders but to protect them and promote safety," said DTI Provincial Director Nimfa Virtucio as she noted the prevalence of head injuries among motorists resulting from the non-use of standard helmets.
Supervising Transportation Regulation Officer Gerald Dominguez likewise said the LTO and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Siquijor have been intensifying their drive on the use of protective helmet regardless of what standard it is, but starting August this year, they have to comply with the DOTC-DTI joint memorandum order that prescribes the use of standard protective helmets while driving.
Dominguez said LTO is mandated to enforce specific violations on drivers of motorcycles with the corresponding fines and penalties: first offense is P1, 500, second offense, P3,000, third offense, P5,000, and succeeding offenses, P10, 000 and confiscation or suspension of driver's license.