The often-fatal accidents involving motorcycle riders and passengers have prompted the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to call for the full implementation of the Helmet Law.
Based on Republic Act 10054 or the Mandatory Helmet Act of 2010, motorcycle riders who are apprehended for not wearing a protective helmet will be fined from P1,500 up to a maximum of P10,000.
The LTO is also advising motorcyclists to wear proper footwear to avoid any untoward accident.
"They shouldn't wear sandals when riding a motorcycle because it might get caught on the gear shift lever," said Joel Donato, chief of the LTO's North Motor Vehicle Inspection Center. "It doesn’t matter if it's a Crocs brand of sandals, it’s still illegal."
The LTO has also started its "Oplan Balik Rehistro," which calls for all motorcycle owners to register their two-wheelers. According to the agency, over 1 million unregistered motorcycles have already been apprehended by law enforcement authorities.
Citing numbers from the LTO, ABS-CBNNews.com reported that of the 2.7 million registered motorcycle riders, 10 percent or 270,000, have died in a motorcycle-related accident.