BANGUED, Abra, July 27(PIA)--The “No Helmet, No Travel” policy of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) is already in full force and effect in the province of Abra.
Said law was passed to address the increasing number of deaths due to vehicular accidents particularly motorcycle riders who travel without protective gears such as helmet.
The implementation of the law as provided for by Republic Act 10054 was announced lately by the LTO– Abra District Office headed by OIC Jaibe Trinidad.
Violators are penalized as follows: First offense, Php1, 578.00; second offense, Php3, 000.00; third offense, Php5, 000.00 and for the fourth offense, Php10, 000.00 and revocation of the driver’s license.
The “No Helmet, No Travel” policy is applicable to both the driver and the back-rider of single motorcycles.
Another related traffic law that is now being implemented is the prohibition of having children-passengers on motorcycles. Only kids whose feet can reach the footrest of the motorcycles are allowed to back-ride, but not to be seated in front of the driver for driving comfort. The child-passenger must also wear the standard helmet.
Deputized police officers are being assigned to help in patrolling violators and are authorized to apprehend violators.
Another law, Republic Act 8750 otherwise known as the Seatbelt Law is also in full force and effect now. This provides for the mandatory compliance by motorists, both private and public vehicles, to use seatbelt devices and requires vehicle manufacturers to install seatbelt devices in all their manufactured vehicles. (PIA CAR)