Solon wants motorcycle buyers to undergo road-safety training

Before dealers release units
Aug 28, 2011

A lawmaker is proposing to make it mandatory for motorcycle dealers to conduct road-safety training for end-buyers or their representatives before the release of the purchased unit.

Requiring dealers to hold the training is expected to make motorists more responsible on the road, said Rep. Seth Frederick Jalosjos from the 1st District of Zamboanga.

The Motorcycle Safety Training Act of 2011 is expected to yield more responsible riders, vehicular accidents involving motorcycles are expected to be reduced.

"Toward the end, a law promoting safety and welfare of motorists and pedestrians shall be adopted and implemented to mitigate motorcycle accidents on roads and highways," Jalosjos said.

Under the proposed bill, a buyer or his representative will be required to attend a safety training. The dealer will issue a certificate of attendance that will be released to the buyer only after the training is completed. The dealer will also be required to provide a record book of the names of the buyers who underwent the training.

It also directs the Department of Transportation and Communication, and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to come up with a comprehensive manual to cover basic motorcycle and traffic safety management.

If passed into law, the bill will mandate the LTO to hold a nationwide information campaign with the Philippine Information Agency, and the Department of Trade and Industry for six months.

Dealers who fail to conduct motorcycle safety training will have to pay a fine of P5,000 on the first offense, P10,000 on the second offense, P15,000 on the third offense, and P50,000 plus revocation of business permit on the fourth and succeeding offenses.

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