Da­vide calls for co­op­er­a­tion

Cebu Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By Nor­man V. Men­doza and Je­as­selle Vil­lalo­bos

Cebu Gover­nor Hi­lario Da­vide III has ap­pealed for pub­lic co­op­er­a­tion in gov­ern­ment’s im­ple­men­ta­tion of the law which pro­hibits small chil­dren from rid­ing mo­tor­cy­cles for their own safety.

Find­ing noth­ing wrong with the new law, Da­vide dis­agreed with com­ments from some com­muters that Repub­lic Act 10666 was “anti-poor”.

Ac­cord­ing to Da­vide, while he sym­pa­thizes with the pub­lic’s dif­fi­culty in find­ing a suit­able mode of trans­porta­tion for their chil­dren, es­pe­cially in re­mote ar­eas, the safety and the life of the chil­dren should be given ut­most con­sid­er­a­tion.

“Naay mga bata nga walay hel­met. Ang uban kay dalaon ang baby sa sim­ba­han para pabun­ya­gan while ang in­a­han mag back­ride sa mo­tor. Maluoy pud ta ba,” the gover­nor lamented.

(There are chil­dren who board mo­tor­cy­cles with­out a hel­met; and then there are those who bring their ba­bies to church to be bap­tized while the moth­ers ride the back of mo­tor­cy­cles. I re­ally feel sorry for them.)

In­for­mal com­muter polls con­ducted on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of R.A. 10666 or the Chil­dren’s Safety on Mo­tor­cy­cles Act of 2015 showed that while many peo­ple wel­comed the new law, there were those who ques­tioned its prac­ti­ca­bil­ity, cit­ing the coun­try’s lack of trans­porta­tion fa­cil­i­ties.

The law, which took ef­fect last May 19, makes it un­law­ful for any per­son to drive a mo­tor­cy­cle with a child on board on pub­lic roads where traf­fic is heavy, there is a high den­sity of fast-mov­ing ve­hi­cles or where the speed limit is more than 60/kph un­less the child pas­sen­ger can com­fort­ably reach his/her feet on the stan­dard foot peg of the mo­tor­cy­cle, the child’s arms can reach around and grasp the waist of the mo­tor­cy­cle rider; and the child is wear­ing a stan­dard pro­tec­tive hel­met.

The law shall not ap­ply to cases where the child to be trans­ported re­quires im­me­di­ate med­i­cal at­ten­tion.

For ev­ery­one’s safety, Da­vide said that he agreed with the law’s ob­jec­tives and ap­pealed for the pub­lic to ac­cept re­al­ity.

In Lapu-Lapu City, the City Traf­fic Man­age­ment Sys­tem (CTMS) yes­ter­day started warn­ing mo­tor­cy­cles with chil­dren passen- gers whose feet do not reach the stan­dard foot peg.

Rod­er­ick Daño of CTMS said he in­structed traf­fic en­forcers to ac­cost all mo­tor­cy­cle rid­ers with chil­dren 10 years old and below on board.

He added that a mo­tor­cy­cle is only al­lowed to have one back rider and both the pas­sen­ger and driver must wear pro­tec­tive hel­mets. No one should sit in front of the driver.

No one was is­sued a ci­ta­tion ticket as traf­fic en­forcers chose to give vi­o­la­tors ver­bal warn­ings on the first day of the law’s im­ple­men­ta­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Daño, many of those ac­costed com­plained against the law, say­ing that it was prac­ti­cal for their chil­dren to board the mo­tor­cy­cle es­pe­cially dur­ing school days.

Rid­ers also cited that it wasafaster­way­to­com­mute as mo­tor­cy­cles are able to weave through traf­fic.

Daño hoped that the Land Trans­porta­tion Of­fice will dep­u­tize them to is­sue Tem­po­rary Op­er­a­tor’s Per­mits (TOP) where the penal­ties are higher to strongly en­force the law against vi­o­la­tors.

Cur­rently, the man­date of CTMS only al­lows en­forcers to is­sue ci­ta­tion tick­ets which carry a fine of P100 for traf­fic in­frac­tions.

CDN PHOTO

The ban­ning of kids on mo­tor­bikes took ef­fect yes­ter­day, May 19, 2017, un­der Repub­lic Act 10666, oth­er­wise known as Chil­dren’s Safety on Mo­tor­cy­cles Act of 2015. This photo was taken last week in Man­daue City.

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