San Jose, Antique – Motorcycle drivers without helmet and motorcycle plate are prohibited from plying the roads of this capital town – violators will face stiff penalties, according to Lieutenant Colonel Mark Anthony Darroca of the San Jose police station.
Darroca on Thursday said the recent move was in accordance to the implementation of Republic Act (RA) 10054, or the law that mandates all motorcycle riders to wear standard protective helmets while driving; and RA 4136, or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code.
He added the strict implementation will lessen or prevent more deaths on vehicular accidents while motorcycle plates will help authorities easily identify registered motorcycles.
Darroca said the Land Transportation Office (LTO) has deputized the police here for the job and the move was welcomed by town mayor Elmer Untaran.
Nobody is exempted from these laws, Darroca added, as he encouraged the community to report violating police personnel and traffic enforcers.
He noted everyone, including back riders must wear approved motorcycle helmets in all areas of the town. Only those children who can reach the footrest of the motorcycle are allowed to ride at the back.
“If you cannot afford a helmet, there is no reason for you to ride a motorcycle or you can choose to ride a bike, commute or walk. You should try your best to buy one or else you are not allowed in the streets. This is for your own good,” Darroca said, adding it is better to comply than to be penalized.
Meanwhile, he said temporary plates are still allowed since there are motorcycle owners who have not yet received their plates from the LTO and the companies.
LTO chief Edgar Galvante said last year the LTO planned to release the license plates from 2014 to June 30, 2016 – by the middle of 2020.
The backlog in license plates from Feb. 2014 to June 2016 was pegged at around 5.8 million for vehicles and another 2.5 million for motorcycles. Problems in supply materials were identified by Galvante as the source of delay.
Adjustments had to be made on the license plate material as the plate-making plant of the LTO had different edgings from the previous supplier.
The Commission on Audit last year lifted its notice of disallowance, following the Supreme Court decision upholding the P3.8-billion Motor Vehicle License Plate Standardization program of the previous administration.
The San Jose police station strictly implements RA 10054 (Motorcycle Helmet Act of 2009), RA 10586 (Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013) and RA 10666 (Children’s Safety on Motorcycle Act of 2015).
Since September last year, authorities have been implementing “Oplan Disiplina” or intensified implementation of municipal traffic ordinance and RA 4136 that resulted in lesser road accidents and traffic violators which improved discipline among drivers in this town.
“Oplan Disiplina” generated a total income revenue of P3,290,000 as fines for around 2,517 motorcycles, 169 tricycles, three cars, and a truck that were impounded last year./PN