Gov­ern­ment re­ac­tions to rid­ers’ griev­ances

The Freeman - - MOTORING - (The Philip­pine STAR)

Last week on this col­umn we gave way to the coun­try’s mo­tor­cy­cle rid­ers’ per­cep­tion that they are be­ing dis­crim­i­nated against by law en­forcers specif­i­cally on cer­tain is­sues. A whole­some and de­cent open dis­cus­sion of the in­volved par­ties’ dis­tinct stands on the is­sue was or­ga­nized by SPMJ (So­ci­ety of Philip­pine Mo­tor­ing Jour­nal­ists), a group of ed­i­tors, colum­nists and print, broad­cast and on­line jour­nal­ists cov­er­ing the mo­tor­ing beat via the 2nd SPMJ FO­RUM. This was held at Ayala’s top-notched ho­tel in Que­zon City, the Seda Ver­tis North.

The fo­rum’s aim is to get to­gether rep­re­sen­ta­tives of all the sides of a sig­nif­i­cant pub­lic is­sue for a dis­course of their in­di­vid­ual po­si­tions on the sub­ject at hand, which the jour­nal­ists pre­sent can dis­sect through a free­wheel­ing Q and A ses­sion for them to have a deeper un­der­stand­ing of the topic to en­sure a bet­ter per­ceived re­port­ing to the pub­lic.

The rid­ers’ lament was ex­pounded by Jobert Bo­laños, rep­re­sent­ing the Rid­ers of the Philip­pines, which were ba­si­cally on some LGUs’ pro­hi­bi­tion of the wear­ing of hel­mets while rid­ing to en­sure bet­ter iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, the con­fus­ing and flip-flop­ping rules on aux­il­iary lights and other mod­i­fi­ca­tions and the pro­hi­bi­tion of “rid­ing in tan­dem” by some LGUs.

In re­sponse, the PNP High­way Pa­trol Group (HPG) Chief Gen. Roberto Fa­jardo de­clared that they give im­por­tance to the rid­ers as much as they give im­por­tance to other road users when it comes to road safety. With that said, the HPG says that, “We are pro­hibit­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ment units from re­leas­ing memos that pro­hibit the use of hel­mets.” This is their re­sponse to the is­sue raised by the mo­tor­cy­cle or­ga­ni­za­tion with re­gard to their con­fu­sion about the Mo­tor­cy­cle Hel­met Law.

As for the is­sue of aux­il­iary lights and other mod­i­fi­ca­tions, the head of the Law En­force­ment Sec­tion of the LTO (Land Trans­porta­tion Of­fice) Di­rec­tor Fran­cis Almora says they al­low the chang­ing of parts by a re­place­ment of the orig­i­nal de­sign and func­tion; oth­er­wise, it can be con­sid­ered as a mod­i­fi­ca­tion, which is pro­hib­ited.

As for the “rid­ing in tan­dem” is­sue, both law en­force­ment of­fi­cials agree that the law al­lows for a mo­tor­cy­cle to have two pas­sen­gers: the front and the back rider.

The HPG Chief em­pha­sized though the pro­hi­bi­tion by law to have a child who’s not big enough to reach the footrest to be al­lowed to be a sec­ond pas­sen­ger of a mo­tor­bike.

In the same fo­rum, for the man­u­fac­tur­ers’ side, MDPPA (Mo­tor­cy­cle Devel­op­ment Pro­gram Par­tic­i­pants As­so­ci­a­tion) pres­i­dent Ar­mando Reyes cited their road safety ad­vo­cacy for the rid­ers. MDPPA said they con­duct ex­ten­sive cam­paigns and ac­tiv­i­ties to ed­u­cate rid­ers as well as pedes­tri­ans on safety while on the road. He also made known the MDPPA’s con­cerned par­tic­i­pa­tion in ad­vanc­ing rid­ers’ in­ter­ests by sub­mit­ting po­si­tion pa­pers on pro­posed bills, or­di­nances and IRRs to the gov­ern­ment re­gard­ing rid­ers’ rights.

Cebu Eco- Trail 2018 : The Cebu Eco-Trail 4x4 Chal­lenge started yes­ter­day, Septem­ber 16 with assem­bly at Ayala Heights. The par­tic­i­pants and crew will head up to Danasan Eco Ad­ven­ture Park in Danao for race proper. Award­ing Cer­e­monies will be in the same venue on Septem­ber 18.

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