When plying streets in the Philippines, one can see the surge of motorcycles on the road. Sadly, there are irresponsible motorists who not only disregard traffic laws but also their own and their loved one’s safety. An example of such is the presence of small children aboard motorcycles. This practice poses a risk to the child’s welfare. In view of such pernicious practice, Republic Act No. 10666, otherwise known as the “Children’s Safety on Motorcycles Act of 2015” was enacted.
Under the Children’s Safety on Motorcycles Act, it shall be unlawful for any person to drive a motorcycle with a child on board on public roads where 1) there is heavy volume of vehicles; or 2) there is high density of fast moving vehicles; or 3) where a speed limit of more than 60 kilometers per hour is imposed. However, a child is allowed aboard a motorcycle under the circumstances mentioned earlier if the following conditions are met:
a. The child can comfortably reach his or 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 the standard prescribed protective helmet.
A person who violates the Children’s Safety on Motorcycles Act shall be punished with a fine of P3,000 for the first offense, P5,000 for the second offense and P10,000 for the third and succeeding offenses. In addition to the fine, the driver’s license of the offender shall be suspended for one month if it pertains to the third offense. Offenses committed beyond the third offense shall result in the automatic revocation of the offender’s driver’s license.