New bill wants to make motorbike helmets optional below 40kph

Is this really a good idea?
by Drei Laurel | Aug 1, 2019
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Heads up, motorcycle riders. A lawmaker has filed a bill in Congress in hopes of making the use of motorcycle helmets optional.

Yep, you read that correctly. Optional.

House Bill 153, written by Representative Arnolfo Teves of Negros Oriental, aims to make amendments to Republic Act 10054, also known as an Act Mandating All Motorcycle Riders to Wear Standard Protective Motorcycle Helmets While Driving.

If the bill passes, motorcycle riders plying streets where the maximum speed limit is lower 40kph will not be required to wear helmets. Any thoroughfares where the speed limit is higher than 40kph will require riders to use protective motorcycle helmets that meet Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) specifications.

“The bill provides that all motorcycle riders, including drivers and back riders, shall be mandated to wear standard protective motorcycle helmets while making short or long drives along expressways or open country roads,” the Congress press release reads.

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“However, in boulevards, city, municipal streets and crowded streets where the maximum allowable speed is lower than 40 kilometers per hour, the bill provides that the use of standard protective motorcycle helmets by motorcycle riders, including drivers and back drivers, shall be optional,” it continues.

Teves says he took into account existing laws when he authored the bill. Do you think this is a good idea?

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