There’s currently a lot of buzz surrounding the newly filed House Bill No. 32 or the Motorcycle Safety Riding Act. Ultimately, its aim is to make our roads safer. However, the stipulations of the bill have raised a lot of questions (and violent reactions), especially among riders.
In this article, we’re going to run through the House Bill and its entirety in the hopes of answering some of the concerns you guys might have. Of course, you can also read the full document yourself if you prefer.
What is the Motorcycle Safety Riding Act about?
The Motorcycle Safety Riding Act seeks to reduce “undesirable risks and hazards” and secure the safety of both motorists and pedestrians by further regulating the registration and operation of motorcycles. It aims to establish a motorcycle safety riding program that will require riders to register with any motorcycle clubs duly recognized and accredited by the Land Transportation Office (LTO), among others.
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What about the membership in motorcycle rider clubs?
This will be the prerequisite for motorcycle registration as well as the approval of a new driver’s license or renewal of existing ones. Simply put, if you want to own or ride a motorcycle, you have to be part of a club.
The bill also states that the LTO will be tasked to come up with a system of accreditation and recognition of motorcycle rider clubs in every region or locality.
You’ll have to submit to the LTO a certificate of membership as needed. If the motorcycle is owned by a juridical entity—a director, officer, or authorized employee aside from the actual individual who uses or has control or possession of the registered motorcycle—he must also submit the same certificate of membership.
What will the role of the motorcycle rider clubs be?
- Ensure proper recognition and accreditation with the LTO
- Conduct a mandatory motorcycle safety and road courtesy training for all its members as provided under Section 5 of the Motorcycle Safety Riding Act
- Maintain a registry of its bona fide members, including pertinent information such as name and address, driver’s license number, and plate number, but shall observe at all times RA No. 10173 or the Data Privacy Act of 2012
- Assist law enforcement agencies during investigations for crimes committed with the use of a motorcycle
- Assist its members in ensuring faithful compliance with the objectives of the Motorcycle Safety Riding Act
What training will motorcycle rider club members undergo?
The club shall partner with accredited motorcycle safety driving schools and training centers to conduct sessions for all of its members, and all training courses must be in accordance with LTO guidelines. Members who participate in these training sessions will be issued certificates. The juridical entity mentioned earlier will also be required to attend the mandatory training.
This training will be required for the approval of new driver’s license applications with the restriction code for motorcycles and tricycles of any engine displacement. Existing driver’s license holders will also have to undergo the same training prior to renewal.
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How will the Motorcycle Safety Riding Act affect registration?
Motorcycle owners will be required to submit the aforementioned certificates from their respective clubs’ training sessions as a prerequisite for motor-vehicle registration. The LTO will keep track of submitted certificates and ensure that riders who fail to submit the required certificate will not be able to register their motorcycles.
What are the prohibitions under this act?
- Owning or driving a motorcycle without securing the required membership or training certification
- Allowing the registration of a motorcycle or approving the application of a new driver’s license or the renewal of an existing one without the necessary membership and training certifications
- Obtaining a motorcycle’s registration or a new driver’s license or its renewal by falsifying a membership or training certification
What are the penalties?
- Any person who owns or drives a motorcycle without securing the necessary certificates will be fined P10,000 to P30,000.
- Any person who allows the registration of a motorcycle or approves the application of a new driver’s license with the restriction codes authorizing the operation of motorcycles and tricycles of any replacement, or the renewal of an existing license without the necessary membership and training certifications will be imprisoned for six months to two years or fined P20,000 to P50,000, or both at the discretion of the court.
- Any person who falsifies a membership or training certification for motorcycle registration or driver’s license application will be imprisoned for six months to two years or fined P50,000 to P100,000, or both at the discretion of the court.