LTO insists on "No Helmet, No Travel" policy
by Oliver T. Baccay
Tuguegarao City (21 May) -- "No conflict on transport laws and policies", said Land Transportation Office (LTO) Region 2 Spokesperson Manuel Baricua, as his reaction to the passage of some local ordinances that contradicts the law on the use of helmet.
Baricua said the law on the use of helmet is strictly enforced by LTO law enforcers and the local ordinances cannot supersede national law.
Some local government units in the region had passed ordinances to prevent motorcycle riders to wear helmet within their areas of jurisdiction to easily identify criminals entering their vicinity.
Baricua stated that they will still implement the law and let the violators contest it to proper court.
He further explained that there were LGUs who coordinated with them before the passage of the ordinance wherein he keeps on advising the legislators not to pass any local ordinance that contradicts the national law.
"We've been explaining to LGUs that no local ordinance could supersede a national law and the use of helmet is being required for the safety of our drivers", Baricaua added.
The LTO order also specifies that the horn, brake, side mirror, headlights, and turn signals are not accessories but are basic parts of a motorcycle unit or scooter. The order also states that there should only be one back rider and he/she must also wear helmets.
The order provides a penalty of P1,000 for the rider or back rider not wearing a prescribed helmet, and an accessory penalty for the driver who will not attend a seminar on traffic safety management to be conducted by the LTO. (PIA 2) [top]