LAND TRANSPORTATION RELATED LAWS /REPUBLIC ACT NO. 10054 – “MOTORCYCLE HELMET ACT OF 2009”
AN ACT MANDATING ALL MOTORCYCLE RIDERS TO WEAR STANDARD PROTECTIVE MOTORCYCLE HELMETS WHILE DRIVING AND PROVIDING PENALTIES THEREFOR
It is hereby declared the policy of the State to secure and safeguard its citizenry, particularly the operators or drivers of motorcycles and their passengers, from the ruinous and extremely injurious effects of fatal or life threatening accidents and crashes. Towards this end, it shall pursue a more proactive and preventive approach to secure the safety of motorists, their passengers and pedestrians at all times through the mandatory enforcement of the use of standard protective motorcycle helmet.
MANDATORY USE OF MOTORCYCLE HELMETS
All motorcycle riders, including drivers and back riders, shall wear standard protective motorcycle helmets while driving, whether long or short drives, in any type of road and highway at all times.
Standard protective motorcycle helmets are appropriate types of helmets for motorcycle riders that comply with the specifications issued by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
TYPES OF HELMETS
- Open-Face (3/4)
Drivers of tricycles shall be exempted from complying with the mandatory wearing of motorcycle helmets.
FINES & PENALTIES
Any person caught not wearing the standard protective motorcycle helmet in violation of this Act shall be punished with a fine of the following:
- First Offense – One thousand five hundred pesos (Php 1,500.00)
- Second Offense – Three thousand pesos (Php 3,000.00)
- Third Offense – Five thousand pesos (Php 5,000.00)
- Fourth and Succeeding Offenses – Ten thousand pesos (Php 10,000.00) plus confiscation of the driver’s license.