Celso files bill seeking localized helmet ban PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 June 2014 14:34

District 1 Representative Celso Lobregat has filed a bill in Congress seeking to allow local government units to suspend the mandatory wearing of motorcycle helmets in their areas of jurisdiction a bid to prevent crimes committed by motorcycle riders.
House Bill 4438, filed recently, amends Republic Act (RA) 10054, otherwise known as the Motorcycle Helmet Act of 2009.                                                          
Lobregat was prompted to file as crimes committed by riding in tandem are increasing and reaching an alarming level. He said law enforcers are having difficulty in solving crimes perpetrated by motorcycle riders since the perpetrators are wearing helmets which cover their faces.
“This measure aims to provide the circumstance wherein the implementation of RA 10054 can be temporarily suspended by LGUs in their area of jurisdiction,” said the District I solon.
Based on the proposed law, LGUs with high incidence of crimes committed by motorcycle riders, may, upon recommendation by the Local Peace and Order Council and a duly enacted ordinance, temporarily suspend the implementation of the provisions of RA 10054 for a period of one year which may be extended for another year  upon determination of the necessity for the extension by the local peace and order council.
“While this amendatory bill recognizes the importance of protective gears like helmets to safeguard motorcycle riders from injury during road accidents, this proposed bill also considers the security and well-being of the public since criminal elements are now taking advantage of the mobility provided them by motorcycles and the convenience and ease at which they can conceal their identities by wearing helmets while committing crimes,” Lobregat added.
The bill was referred to the appropriate committee for discussion and consideration.