A 2016 Pasig City ordinance regulating the use of full-face motorcycle helmets is making rounds online and causing confusion in the Philippine riding community.
Pasig City Ordinance No. 23, or “An Ordinance Approving the Revised Traffic and Parking Management Code, Defining Functions, Prescribing Fees, and for other purposes,” includes guidelines regarding the use of motorcycle helmets.
Item B of Section 108 (Safety Helmets for Riders and Motorcycle Restrictions) states the following: “A safety helmet is a protection for the motorcycle rider’s head (motorcycle rider and back ride), provided no motorcycle riders shall use crash helmets or devices covering their entire face and/or referred to in paragraph (a) herein shall comply with the standard set by the proper authority.”
According to various motorcycle groups, some riders are being flagged down for using full-face helmets even with clear visors. There are some who contend that full-face helmets with clear visors are not prohibited by the ordinance, saying that only headgear with tinted visors, face masks, bonnets, and balaclavas are not allowed.
Because of the confusion and the provision’s gray areas, some riders are heading out believing that only open-face helmets are allowed. The fine for violating the ordinance is reportedly P1,500.
One motorcycle club has already expressed its intent to file a case against members of the Pasig City Council for abuse of authority. Another group is seeking an audience with the local government to seek clarification of the issue.
Hopefully, the Pasig City government can clear things up sooner rather than later. You can check out the section of the ordinance concerning motorcycle helmets in the photo below: