LEGAZPI CITY (27-Jan-2013/PNA) – The relentless joint enforcement of the Motorcycle Helmet Act (Republic Act 10054) in this city and in the provinces of Camarines Sur and Masbate netted 286 violators, re-oriented 75 deputized policemen and mentored rider groups in the region last week.
The Land Transportation Organization(LTO), the lead agency, called the accomplishment as the first high-level impact activity in view of the combined efforts with Philippine National Police(PNP)and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
Monitoring teams composed of LTO-DTI-PNP members were deployed along strategic locations along main thoroughfares in the city and in the two provinces.
In Camarines Sur, the teams were deployed along the highways of Barangays Concepcion Pequeña, Mabolo and San Felipe, all in the City of Naga where 134 violators were apprehended and issued Temporary Operator’s Permit (TOP).
“What we learned from these operations is the seeming ignorance of motorcycle riders of the requirement to wear standard helmets with either PS (Product Standard) or ICC (Import Commodity Clearance) marks for both driver and back rider and that only one back rider is allowed”, said Mar Jose Mahistrado, LTO Bicol operations division chief.
It was also learned that there are motorcycle helmet brands which do not bear the PS or ICC marks but are internationally recognized as standard helmets that are not imported but individually received by motorcycle riders from their relatives abroad.
In the towns of Cabusao and Libmanan, 95 apprehended violators were issued TOPs.
Also in Camarines Sur, the LTO-led team held a “Talakayan (forum) sa Barangay” in the town of Pili gathering 108 members and officers of various motorcycle riders associations from barangays Cadlan, Curry, Del Rosario, Tagbong, San Isidro, San Jose, Himaao, Bagong Sirang, Sagurong, San Antonio, Binanuaanan, San Vicente, San Agustin, Binobong, and La Purisima.
Participants were provided lectures on Land Transportation and Traffic Code, R.A. 10054 and other related laws and the conduct of direct transactions to bonafide LTO personnel to avoid being preyed upon by fixers.(PNA)